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American College & University Founders

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Profiles

  • Bvt. Brig. General Samuel Chapman Armstrong, (USA) (1839 - 1893)
    Bvt. Brig. General Samuel Chapman Armstrong
  • John McGraw (1815 - 1877)
    John McGraw
  • Amasa Stone, Jr. (1818 - 1883)
    Amasa Stone, Jr. Husband of Julia A. Gleason, father of Clara (Mrs. John Milton Hay) Adelbert, and Flora (Mrs. Samuel Mather). Railroad builder-philanthropist. He was a major benefactor of W...
  • Judge Robert Maclay Widney (1838 - 1929)
    Robert Maclay Widney Judge & Founding Father of the University of Southern California Widney was an American lawyer, judge, and a founding father of the University of Southern California...
  • Colonel George Washington Scott, (CSA) (1829 - 1903)
    George Washington Scott (CSA) Scott was the son of U.S. Representative John Scott and the brother of U.S. Senator John Scott, Jr.. He was a Florida and Georgia businessperson, education phila...

This project aims to gather together all of the Geni profiles of people who directly founded American colleges and universities. Anyone who solely founded an institution can be added.

Who Is a Founder?

Please read this section carefully before adding anyone to this project. Thanks!

A specific founder is usually listed on the "History" page of any major college or university's website. In many cases, an institution may have been founded by a small group of trustees or governors. Right now, we are most interested in the primary founders. (For example, while a small group of men founded Yale University, Rev. James Pierpont is universally considered the primary founder.)

If you have any questions about whether an individual is a founder, please feel free to use the Discussions area of this project.

Please note: Being the namesake, benefactor, or first president of an institution does NOT automatically mean having founded it. Many colleges named for people were not founded by those people. Harvard, for example, was founded by the Massachusetts legislature and not by John Harvard.

List of Founders (Alphabetical by College)

NOTE: Founders not in bold need to be added. If you collaborate on those profiles, please add them and then embolden their name. Thank you!

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  • Elizabeth City State University, North Carolina -- founded by

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  • Xavier University of Louisiana -- founded by

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About This Project

This project was started in May 2011 by Ashley, a member of the History of Education Society. Feel free to contact her with any questions -- or, better yet, use the Discussions area to connect with all collaborators!

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