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Site of the First Meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Clemson Agricultural College

 
 
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By Brian Scott, July 24, 2008
1. Site of the First Meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Clemson Agricultural College Marker
Inscription. On this spot, under a great oak three which stood here, the first meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Clemson Agricultural College was held May 2, 1888.

The following is a copy of the record of that meeting.

"Fort Hill, Oconee County, South Carolina May 2, 1888,

"In response to the call of Col. R.W. Simpson, executor of the will of the late Thomas G. Clemson, the seven trustees appointed by the will met this day at Fort Hill. A temporary organization was formed by electing Col. R.E. Bowen chairman and Capt. D.K. Norris secretary. All of the trustees signed their willingness to serve the board then organized permanently by electing Col. R.W. Simpson as chairman and J.E. Wannamaker as secretary and adjourned subject to the call of the chairman.

"Whereas, Thomas G. Clemson by his will dated Nov. 6, 1886 provided for the establishment of an agricultural college on the Fort Hill place, and therein appointed as trustees of said college the following gentleman, to wit: R.W. Simpson, D.K. Norris, M.L. Donaldson, R.E. Bowen, B.R. Tillman, J.E. Wannamaker, and J.E. Bradley, and requested the said trustees to meet as soon after his death as practicable, and organize and fill all vacancies and aid in effectuating the purpose set forth in said will, now, therefore, we the undersigned trustees appointed
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By Brian Scott, July 24, 2008
2. Site of the First Meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Clemson Agricultural College Marker
as aforesaid, hereby accept the position as trustees conferred upon us by Thomas G. Clemson in said will May 2nd, 1886."
R.W. Simpson
D.K. Norris
M.L. Donaldson
J.E. Bradley
R.E. Bowen
J.E. Wannamaker
B.R. Tillman

 
Location. 34° 40.715′ N, 82° 50.331′ W. Marker is in Clemson, South Carolina, in Pickens County. Marker is on Fort Hill Street. Touch for map. Marker is located near the Fort Hill marker, on the side walk up to the house. Marker is in this post office area: Clemson SC 29631, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fort Hill (here, next to this marker); Fort Hill Plantation Office (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Fort Hill (within shouting distance of this marker); Walter T. Cox, Jr. (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); First Woman Graduate (about 600 feet away); Quercus lyrata (Overcup Oak) (about 700 feet away); Integration with Dignity, 1963 (about 700 feet away); Military Heritage Plaza (about 800 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Clemson.
 
Also see . . .  Clemson University History. (Submitted on July 27, 2008.)
 
Additional keywords. Clemson University
 
Categories. Education
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 26, 2008, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,045 times since then and 38 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 26, 2008, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.
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