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  • Gustavus Adolphus Henry (1804 - 1880)
    Whig Party leader and Confederate senator Gustavus A. Henry was born in Scott County, Kentucky, on October 8, 1804, to William Henry and Elizabeth Flournoy Henry. He graduated from Transylvania Unive...
  • Capt. Charlton Hunt "Charley" Morgan, (CSA) (1839 - 1912)
    Captain Charlton Hunt Morgan (1839-1912), C.S.A., handwritten on back in ink "Naples March 10th / C. H. Morgan / US Consul at Messina / 1860 / aged 21" Charley was born into a family who would serv...
  • Charleton Hunt, Mayor (1801 - 1836)
    Charleton Hunt was the first mayor of Lexington, Kentucky from 1832-1934. He was an alumnus of Transylvania University. After graduating in June 1821, Hunt left for Frederick, Maryland, one of the ea...
  • Albert Kellogg (1813 - 1887)
    Albert Kellogg (December 6, 1813 in Connecticut – March 31, 1887 in Alameda, California), was an American physician, northern California botanist, and one of seven founders in 1853 of the California ...
  • Aldert Smedes (1810 - 1877)
    Aldert Smedes (20 Apr. 1810-25 Apr. 1877), Episcopal clergyman, was the founder and for thirty-five years rector of St. Mary's School (now St. Mary's College), Raleigh. The eldest of twelve children, h...

Transylvania University

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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