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Events that occurred in 1947 in Clemson history

  • David Wistar Daniel retires from the English Department, having served on the faculty since 1898. Daniel Hall is named for him.
  • Arthur Buist Bryan, founding editor of The Chronicle, retires from the Clemson faculty after 45 years.
  • The Clemson College Women's Club is reinstated by Mrs. R. F. Poole.
  • February 17: Pickens County suffers its last last lynching when some fifteen Greenville Bluebird cabs caravan to the Pickens County Gaol, where African American Willie Earle, a 24-year old epileptic, is being held, accused of murdering another taxi driver. Some thirty-one white cab drivers extract Earle from the lock-up, drive him to the country near the Greenville County line, and shoot him. The case draws national attention and condemnation. Despite confessing to the crime, the lynchers are acquitted. At this time, Clemson still lies in Oconee County1997Abel Baptist Church in a historically black community in Clemson.
  • April 30: Three Trustees are named for Clemson's Board at a joint meeting of the South Carolina house and senate. J. Franklin McLaurin of Marlboro County will succeed Edgar A. Brown of Barnwell; Benjamin T. Leppard of Greenville to succeed Representative W. Clyde Graham of Florence; and T. Wilbur Thornhill of Charleston to succeed Senator James P. Mozingo, III, of Darlington. ("Trustees Named For Clemson And The Citadel", The State, Columbia, S.C., Thursday 1 May 1947, No. 20,400, page 6-A.)
  • Fall semester: The cadet corps returns to grey uniforms for the first time since the end of World War II. Army khaki wool uniforms had been the norm "for the duration". (Biondo, Steve, "A Terrible Resolve: Clemson men in war", Clemson World, Fall 1991, Volume 44, Number 3, page 28.)
  • September 20: The Tigers shut out Presbyterian, 42-0, in Memorial Stadium.
  • September 24: The Clemson team travels to the Boston College game in an Eastern Airlines Douglas DC-4, the first time a state team had flown to a match. The team departs from Greenville Municipal Airport at 9:55 a.m.
  • September 26: The Tigers fall to the Eagles, 22-32, however, in a game played on Braves Field.
  • October 4: Clemson loses home game to Wake Forest, 14-16.
  • October 11: N.C. State skunks Clemson, 0-18, in night game in Raleigh.
  • October 23: The Tigers are defeated by the Gamecocks in Columbia, 19-21.
  • October 31: Georgia drops Clemson, 6-21, in a night game played in Athens.
  • November 8: Clemson begins a fifteen-game winning streak, the longest in school history, with a 35-7 win over Furman, played in Sirrine Stadium in Greenville.
  • November 15: Clemson wins road trip night game at Duquesne, 34-13.
  • November 22: Clemson defeats Auburn, 34-18, in Clemson Memorial Stadium to finish football season with a 4-5 record, 1-3 in league play for twelfth place in the Southern Conference. After five losing seasons in his eight years as head coach, Frank Howard's tenure as leader of the Tigers is somewhat dubious. Tailback Bobby Gage becomes the third Clemson player in history to gain 1,000 yards or more in a season when he amasses 502 yards rushing and 1,002 passing for a total of 1,504, a new Tigers record. (Martin, Johnny, "Death Valley: 72 Years of Exciting Football at Clemson University", Independent Publishing Co., Anderson, S.C., 1968, Library of Congress card number 68-58849, page 98.)

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