Text from the Thomas Green Clemson Slide Show:
The Clemson University we know today, with the Blue Ridge yawning its greatness and the tiger roars echoing o’er the mountain height,
with the Clemson orange skies shining over the lakes of the Upstate,
with spirited athletics . . .
and energetic fans. . .
with a dedicated teaching staff . . .
and an environment which encourages students to learn . . .
all began with one man’s dream for a seminary of higher learning to benefit the state of South Carolina.
Born in Philadelphia in 1807, Thomas Green Clemson was educated in the US and Europe in science of mine engineering. During a visit to Washington DC, Thomas met the daughter of Senator John C. Calhoun, . . .
Anna. They were married in the parlor of Fort Hill in the fall of 1838, the place they later came to call “home.”
Thomas was inspired by his father-in-law, from whom he learned the art of agriculture, as well as a passion for serving in the government.
It was in Fort Hill where the discussions began between Anna and Thomas about how to help improve the education in South Carolina. In these rooms, the dream for Clemson Agricultural College was born.
Thomas outlived Anna and their children, only two of whom lived past infancy – Floride Clemson Lee and John Calhoun Clemson.
After Thomas’s death in 1888, the college opened its doors in 1893 to 446 students under the direction of President Edwin Boone Craighead and 15 faculty members.
At the time, Clemson College was an all male military institution. The first class graduated in December of 1896.
Decades after the passing of Thomas Green Clemson, his legacy lives on, through academics,
service to our community,
service to our country,
and an enriching campus life.
Two hundred years after Thomas Green Clemson was born, Clemson University is thriving, with more than 16,000 students each year.
We have 15 ACC sports teams,
dozens of study abroad programs each year,
hundreds of student clubs and organizations,
and numerous events and activities to meet any expectation. Still, with such
a large group of people,
you can always find a piece of Thomas Green Clemson’s old plantation to call your own for a study break.
200 years after his birth, we are still Thomas Green Clemson’s University.
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