John Edward Wannamaker

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John Edward Wannamaker was a Life Trustee of Clemson Agricultural College, and the last surviving member of the Board of Trustees named in the will of Thomas Green Clemson. In 1929, he was elected President of the Board, replacing the recently deceased Alan Johnstone of Newberry, South Carolina.


J. E. Wannamaker was a native of the lower region and the agrarian community of St. Matthews, South Carolina. He was born September 12, 1851, in Poplar Springs.

Wannamaker attended Wofford College, graduating in June 1872. "Less than a year later, he began the Aeolian Hill Farm two miles east of St. Matthews. He was an early supporter of a separate college of agriculture, speaking forcefully for it in the Democratic State Convention of 1888. He also supported the state experiment stations. He later served on the Clemson College board's committees on agriculture and the state fertilizer board of control. A lifelong Methodist, he had married Martha Duncan. Wannamker would serve as the president of the Clemson Board of Trustees from 1929 to his death in 1935. His sister, Anna, married Thomas W. Keitt, a future professor of English at Clemson. Their son, Thomas, would become a Clemson Agricultural College agronomist. Wannamaker's public service was not limited to Clemson rumahdijual. He chaired the World War I Liberty Bond drive for Orangeburg County and pioneered study in the science of seed breeding. He died on March 6, 1935." (Reference: Reel, Jerome V., The High Seminary, vol. 1: A History of the Clemson Agricultural College of South Carolina, 1889-1964, Clemson University Digital Press at the Center for Electronic and Digital Publishing, Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina, 2011, ISBN 978-0-9842598-9-2, page 52.)

Barracks No. 7, completed in 1936, was later named Wannamaker Hall in his honor.

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