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1892 in Clemson History

Events that occurred in 1892:

  • The Town of Calhoun, South Carolina is chartered (for the first time), the closest railroad mainline stop to the John C. Calhoun Fort Hill plantation.
  • David Wistar Daniel graduates from Wofford College. He will serve as an English professor at Clemson College from 1898 to 1947.
  • February: Revised target date for opening the college for classes is also missed.
  • Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical College plays inaugural football season on the plains of Alabama at Auburn.
  • June 11: Future Clemson head football and basketball coach Josh Cody is born in Franklin, Tennessee.
  • June 23: Lightning strikes the Chapel of the Main Building of Clemson College, doing a "good deal of damage", reports The Pickens Sentinel on Thursday, June 30, 1892 (Volume XXI, Number 41.) ("The Pickens Sentinel, Pickens Court House, South Carolina, 1872-1893, Historical and Genealogical Abstracts, Volume 2, compiled by Peggy Burton Rich and Marion Ard Whitehurst, Heritage Books, Inc., Bowie, Maryland, 1994, ISBN 1-55613-985-3, page 510.)
  • November 18: Bennette Eugene Geer, future member of the Clemson Board of Trustees, is initiated into Sigma Alpha Epsilon at Furman University.
  • November 30: Dr. Henry Aubrey Strode, Clemson's first president, resigns, citing ill health. He becomes a professor of mathematics.
  • December 24: South Carolina College fields a hastily assembled football team for a Christmas Eve match against Furman at the Charleston baseball park, but Furman's "Mountain Boys" dump Carolina's "College Boys", 44-0. It will be two more years before South Carolina plays a regular season on the gridiron. (Lander, Jr., Ernest McPherson "Whitey", "A History of South Carolina", The University of North Carolina Press, Chapel Hill, 1960, pages 147-148.)

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