Bishop Holland Nimmons McTyeire, Sr.

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Bishop Holland Nimmons McTyeire, Sr.

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Birthplace: Barnwell County, SC, Barnwell County, South Carolina, United States
Death: February 15, 1889 (64)
Nashville, Tenn., Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee, United States
Place of Burial: Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Captain John McTyeire, Jr. and Elizabeth Amanda McTyeire
Husband of Amelia McTyeire
Father of Holland Nimmons McTyeire, Jr.; Holland Nimmons McTyeire, II and Amelia Tigert
Brother of Lucy Montgomery McTyeire; Henry Lawrence McTyeire; Caroline Jemina Ivey; John Calhoun McTyeire; Jane Harriet Hurt and 4 others

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About Bishop Holland Nimmons McTyeire, Sr.

Born in South Carolina, Holland McTyeire was educated at Randolph–Macon College (Virginia) graduating in 1844. He began his ministry in Alabama soon after graduation and married Amelia Townsend of Mobile, AL in 1847. Having been elected editor of the Nashville Christian Advocate, the principal publication of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, McTyeire moved his family to Tennessee in 1858. As Federal forces invaded the city in 1862, the McTyeires fled to a remote area in rural Alabama. Following his election as a bishop of the church in 1866, McTyeire returned to Nashville with his family.

It was in 1873 that McTyeire made the fateful trip to New York City for medical treatment, recuperating in the home of his wife’s cousin, Frank Armstrong Crawford Vanderbilt and her husband, Cornelius. A cordial acquaintance ensued leading to the founding gift on March 17, 1873 making a Methodist university in Nashville a reality. Such a university had long been planned by the church, but lack of sufficient funds had prevented its founding. With that gift and the stipulation that he serve as president of the Board of Trust, McTyeire purchased the land, hired an architect, oversaw the construction of this and other buildings, planted trees, and began to assemble a faculty. Vanderbilt opened its doors to 307 aspiring young male scholars on October 3, 1875.

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Ordained 1866. First President of the Board of Trust for Vanderbilt University.

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Bishop Holland Nimmons McTyeire, Sr.'s Timeline

1824
July 28, 1824
Barnwell County, South Carolina, United States
1853
May 30, 1853
Age 28
1858
December 25, 1858
Age 34
Tennessee, United States
1889
February 15, 1889
Age 64
Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee, United States
1889
Age 64
Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee, United States
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