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Events at Furman During H.T. Cook's Professorship (1881-1918)

The Board decided to nominate a President who paid a salary of $2500, two professors would be paid $1500 each, and three young professors who would be paid $600. Professor Cook was chosen to be one of the three young professors. (145-146)m


The first endowment was presented by Mary G. Harley: $2,548. She was “a woman who appreciated Christian culture in people and beauty in nature.” (95)d


President Furman aimed to settle unpaid debts and receive more money in endowment, which currently was $1700 per year. (148)m


Attendance rate this year was 106. Since, 1873, this was the first year, attendance has risen above 100. (152)m


Financially-needy students were allowed to live on campus. Five rooms accommodated seventeen students. Their meals were prepared by a janitor. (99)


The building of dormitories began. Judson Cottage, a brick, rectangular building housing sixteen students, was the first to be constructed at a cost of approximately $2,800. (151)m

Dr. Furman and his family moved out of the President’s house to allow for President Manley and his family to move in. (152)m

Professor Cook’s salary was raised to $1000. (199)d


A game between Furman and Wofford College on December 14 marked the beginning of intercollegiate football in SC. (320)AV

Interest-bearing endowment had now risen to $47,223.67 (150)m


A reading room was created; a librarian was appointed in charge. (152)m

Professor H.T. Cook began the Baptist Historical Collection. (30)r


Dr. James Clement Furman died As a member of Furman’s faculty since 1884, he had been a senior professor, chairman of the faculty, and president. (158)m

Students asked and were given $50 by the Board in order to improve their athletic ground. (161)m


A second dormitory was titled Griffith Hall, in honor of Dr. Griffith, Professor of History. (104)d


Admission of women began. Their literary societies and fraternities were to be separate from the men’s. (162)m


A new degree, a Master of Mechanical Philosophy (M.M.P.), is offered. The Bachelor of Philosophy degree is replaced by the Bachelor of Lit (B. Lit.) degree; two modern language courses are substituted for Latin. (105)d


Professor Moore was selected to for the office of Proctor; his job was to develop a beautiful campus. Professor Cook briefly held this position in the 20 th century. (165)m


President Manly was asked by the Board to give up his duties as Pastor in order to devote his full attention to the university beginning January 1, 1898. (168)m

The Board asked the faculty to devote some of their summer time to attracting prospective students. (168)m

In June, the Board eliminated intercollegiate athletic; mandatory faculty and student chapel attendance was reinstated.(169)m

Dr. A.P. Montague, a professor of Latin at Columbian University (soon to be George Washington University), was chosen to be the next President of Furman. Montague, unlike his predecessors who were pastors, was a layman. He was also the fist member of his faculty who held a Ph.D. (171)m

Two buildings were constructed: Montague Hall (a dormitory, cost: $12,000) and Judson-Alumni Hall (the auditorium, cost: $22,000). (22)b1910

From now on, students were categorized as Seniors, Juniors, Sophomores, Freshmen, and Specials. (Specials referred to students who were not pursuing the four-year track.) (172)m


The Board voted ten to six to abolish fraternities. (201)AV


Professor Judson asked the Trustees for permission to construct the Judson Alumni Hall. (171)C


Commencement was held in Judson Alumni Hall. (174)m

The Trustees reinstated intercollegiate football. (177)m

The Preparatory school was converted into the Furman Fitting School because of the large number of students who were graduating without a knowledge of practical skills. Professor Cook participated in this. (178)m


Military training became a component of the Fitting School. (178)m

Montague Hall was completed at a cost of $12,000; it housed sixty students. (175)m


Dr. Montague resigned in order to become President of Howard College in Alabama. Dr. Judson became the temporary President. (182)m


Reverend Edwin McNeil Poteat of Philadelphia was elected as the next President. (185)m


Dr. Poteat considered football a nuisance; he suppressed it. It was restored by the Board in 1912. (187)m


Andrew Carnegie donated $15,000 for a Library building with the stipulation that a like endowment be raised. Dr. Judson succeeded in created the Chas H. Judson Endowment Fund. (23)b1910


The building of a new library at a cost of $23,000 began. (190)m


Dr. Judson died. (23)b1910


The Greenville Female College was incorporated. (193)m


The Bachelor of Science degree was reinstated. (197)m


Roads nearby the campus are given to the city in order to allow for the development of roads excluding university cost. (197)m

Reverend David Ramsay became President of the Greenville Female College. (2)JGB


The building of J. C. Furman Hall of Science was finished; cost: $50,000. (6)Br


The position of Dean of Faculty was established. Professor H.T. Box was appointed to it. (133)d


Because of WWI, the Treasurer was behind in the payment of the professor’s salaries; the Fitting School was suffering. (134)d


The Fitting School was discontinued. (199)m


H.T. Cook, Professor of Greek and Latin, retired. (99)d

Because of the dire need for officers to enroll in the U.S. Government, Furman was transformed into a training camp. (18)b1920


AV = Huff Jr., Archie Vernon. Greenville: The History of the City and County in the South Carolina Piedmont. University of South Carolina Press. Columbia, South Carolina. 1995.

b(year) = Bonhomie: 1910, 1920

Br = Bradshaw, Sidney Ernest. History of Furman University. December 8, 1921, Baptist Courier.

C = Cook, Harvey T. Education in South Carolina under Baptist Control. No Publishing Information. 1912.

d =Daniel, Robert Norman. Furman University: A History. Furman University. Greenville, South Carolina. 1951.

JGB = Bainbridge, Judy. Achronological Furman timeline. 2001.

m = McGlothlin, William J. Baptist Beginnings in Education: A History of Furman University. Sunday School Board of the Southern Baptist Convention. Nashville, Tennessee. 1926.

r = Reid, Alfred Sandlin. Furman University: Toward a New Identity, 1925-1975. Durham: Duke University Press, 1976.

Special Thanks to Mike Orr. Furman University Chronology. In Special Collections and Archives. Furman University Library, Greenville, SC.