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  • William A. Tarleton (1826 - 1864)
    William A. Tarleton, also listed as Tarlton, educator, attorney, Texas state legislator, and Confederate soldier, was born in Alabama in 1826. He was raised in Alabama and educated at Transylvania Univ...
  • John Oliver McReynolds (1865 - 1942)
    John Oliver McReynolds, physician and teacher, was born on July 23, 1865, in Boonesboro, Kentucky, the son of Richard Bell and Victoria (Campbell) McReynolds. He was a descendent of a number of the lea...
  • Guinn Williams (1871 - 1948)
    Guinn Terrell Williams (April 22, 1871 – January 9, 1948) was an American banker and politician. A Democrat, he served in the Texas State Senate, and is most notable for his service in the U.S. repre...
  • James G. Taliaferro, Associate Justice of the Louisiana Supreme Court (1798 - 1876)
    James Govan Taliaferro (September 28, 1798 – October 13, 1876) was a lawyer, newspaper publisher, and judge in Louisiana. In 1860 he owned 27 slaves and a plantation valued at $87,000. As the secessi...
  • Richard Sheckle Walker (1824 - 1901)
    Richard S. Walker, lawyer and judge, was born in Barren County, Kentucky, in 1824. He graduated from Centenary College in Jackson, Louisiana, in 1842 and received his law degree from Transylvania Unive...


Transylvania University is a private university in Lexington, Kentucky, United States. It was founded in 1780, making it the first university in Kentucky and among the oldest in the United States. It offers 36 major programs, as well as dual-degree engineering programs, and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Transylvania's name, meaning "across the woods" in Latin, stems from the university's founding in the heavily forested region of western Virginia known as the Transylvania colony, which became most of Kentucky in 1792.

Transylvania is an aspiring research institution. It has been cited for outstanding value and academic quality by such publications as U.S. News & World Report and Forbes.

Among its impacts, Transylvania is the alma mater of two U.S. vice presidents, two U.S. Supreme Court justices, fifty U.S. senators, 101 U.S. representatives, 36 U.S. governors, and 34 U.S. ambassadors, making it a large producer of U.S. statesmen. It also educated Confederate President Jefferson Davis, prior to his transfer to the United States Military Academy at West Point. Its medical program graduated 8000 physicians by 1859. Its enduring footprint, both in northern U.S. and southern academe, make it among the most prolific cultural establishments and the most storied institution in the South.


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