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American College & University Founders

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  • Patrick Roger Cleary (1858 - 1948)
    Patrick Roger Cleary (1858-1948) (known locally as P.R. Cleary) was the founder and namesake of Cleary University in Howell, Michigan. Patrick Roger Cleary was born in Nenagh in Ireland in 1858. Af...
  • Honorable John F Whitaker, Rev (1842 - 1910)
    U.S., Appointments of U. S. Postmasters, 1832-1971 Name: Jno Whitaker Post Office Location: Weanbleau City, Hickory, Missouri Appointment Date: 10 Mar 1876 Volume #: 36 Volume Year Range: 1...
  • Honorable George Boal, Penn State University Founder (1796 - 1867)
    George was a farmer and in 1855, was one of the founders of the Farmers High School, the forerunner of Penn State University. [ ] [ ] [ ] [ ]
  • Pat Robertson
    Marion Gordon "Pat" Robertson (born March 22, 1930) is a media mogul, television evangelist, ex-Baptist minister and businessman who politically aligns himself with the Christian Right in the United ...
  • Brig. General Robert Lowry (CSA), Governor (1830 - 1910)
    ) Robert Lowry (March 10, 1830 – January 19, 1910) was an American politician, born in South Carolina and raised in Mississippi. During the American Civil War he rose from the rank of private ...

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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South Carolina State University -- 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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