W. L. McGee

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W. L. McGee, a native of Mississippi, Professor of Agriculture at Clemson since February 1894, dies October 22, 1896 when he accidentally backs into and is caught in a corn shredder.

"For more than an hour and a half he lay where he had been injured, the nature of his wound making it impossible to move him. Physicians told him he had but a little time to live and asked if he wanted to see a minister.

"'No I've fixed all that long ago," he calmly answered.

"So calm was Prof. McGee as he died that he gave directions as to where his body should be sent and who the pallbearers should be... He even wrote his will using the hand which was freed from the bandages that had hurriedly been put into place."

President Craighead spoke at a funeral service for McGee at Clemson, after which, his body was shipped back to his native Lexington, Mississippi for burial. (Greenville Piedmont, undated article "A Dramatic Incident At Clemson Recalled", File Folder "McGee, W. L.", Series 38, Special Collections, Strom Thurmond Institute.)

The commemorative plaque now in Tillman Auditorium for McGee was carved by Randolph T. V. Bowman shortly before his own death on April 14, 1899. (Hartzog, Henry Simms, "President Hartzog's Tribute", The Chronicle, May 1899, Volume II, Number 8, page 346.)

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