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  • Dr. Issac Taylor Tichenor, (CSA) (1825 - 1902)
    en.wikipedia... ; * culpepper... Isaac Taylor Tichenor (November 11, 1825 – December 2, 1902) was President of the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Alabama, now known as Auburn University, from...
  • Jeff Graba
    Jeff Graba is an American college gymnastics coach. He is currently the head coach of the Auburn Tigers women's gymnastics team and has been since 2010. Graba was born on December 26, 1968 in Wadena,...
  • William Carter Baggett (1946 - d.)
    Born on 12 January 1946 in Montgomery, Alabama, William Carter Baggett grew up and attended public schools in Nashville, Tennessee, before earning a bachelor’s degree in art from Auburn University in 1...
  • William Halsell “Bill” Ryan, Jr. (1921 - 2015)
    Obituary for William Ryan Jr. Bill Ryan passed away peacefully at his home on Thursday afternoon, September 10, 2015. Bill was born on August 18, 1921 in Prichard, Alabama, the son of William Hal...
  • Kathryn Tabb “Kitty” Windham (1946 - 2005)
    Kitty Windham, director of the Striplin Performing Arts Centre, died Sunday, August 28, at the peak of her chosen career in theatre, a career that began when she was an honor student at Albert G. Par...


Auburn University (AU or Auburn) is a public university located in Auburn, Alabama, United States. With more than 20,000 undergraduate students, and a total of over 25,000 students and 1,200 faculty members, it is one of the largest universities in the state.[11] Auburn was chartered on February 7, 1856, as the East Alabama Male College,[12] a private liberal arts school affiliated with the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. In 1872, the college became the state's first public land-grant university under the Morrill Act and was renamed the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Alabama.[13] In 1892, the college became the first four-year coeducational school in the state. The curriculum at the university originally focused on arts and agriculture. This trend changed under the guidance of Dr. William Leroy Broun, who taught classics and sciences and believed both disciplines were important in the overall growth of the university and the individual. The college was renamed the Alabama Polytechnic Institute (API) in 1899, largely because of Dr. Broun’s influence.[13] The college continued expanding, and in 1960 its name was officially changed to Auburn University to acknowledge the varied academic programs and larger curriculum of a major university. It had been popularly known as "Auburn" for many years.[14] In 1964, under Federal Court mandate AU admitted its first African American student.[15] Auburn is among the few American universities designated as a land-grant, sea-grant, and space-grant research center.

Auburn University was chartered by the Alabama Legislature as the East Alabama Male College on February 7, 1856, coming under the guidance of the Methodist Church in 1859.[16] The first president of the institution was Reverend William J. Sasnett, and the school opened its doors in 1859 to a student body of eighty and a faculty of ten. The early history of Auburn is inextricably linked with the Civil War and the Reconstruction-era South. Classes were held in "Old Main" until the college was closed due to the Civil War, when most of the students and faculty left to enlist. The campus was used as a training ground for the Confederate Army, and "Old Main" served as a hospital for Confederate wounded.

To commemorate Auburn's contribution to the Civil War, a cannon lathe used for the manufacture of cannons for the Confederate Army and recovered from Selma, Alabama, was presented to Auburn in 1952 by brothers of Delta Chapter of the Alpha Phi Omega fraternity.[17] It sits today on the lawn next to Samford Hall.