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  • Stockton P. Donley (1821 - 1871)
    Stockton P. Donley, attorney, was born in Howard County, Missouri, on May 27, 1821. He attended Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky, and was admitted to the bar in that state before moving t...
  • Thomas Jefferson Devine (1820 - 1890)
    Thomas Jefferson Devine, eminent Texas jurist and Confederate diplomat, son of Irish emigrants William and Katherine (Maxwell) Devine, was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, on February 28, 1820. He worked ...
  • Nathaniel Hart Davis (1815 - 1893)
    Nathaniel Hart Davis, Texas pioneer and county official, third son of Nathaniel Bowe and Martha D. Davis, was born in Fayette County, Kentucky, on November 6, 1815. In 1817 his family moved to Alabama,...
  • Captain L. D. Bradley (CSA) (1831 - 1886)
    L. D. Bradley, lawyer, judge, Texas state representative, and state senator, was born in Dallas County, Alabama, on April 13, 1831, the son of Francis Meriwether and Zillah Pherabe (Golsby) Bradley. Br...
  • Edwin Curtis Boynton (1871 - 1949)
    Edwin Curtis Boynton, minister, son of Julius Nelson and Maria (Irvin) Boynton, was born at Millersburg, Kentucky, on February 6, 1871. The family moved to Hamilton County, Texas, in 1881 and engaged i...


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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