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The History of Founders' Day

Foundersí Day was first observed on December 5, 1920 in remembrance of Dr. James C. Furman, first President of Furman University and son of Richard Furman (1755-1825) , who was born on December 5, 1809.

In 1924, Foundersí Day was then moved to October 9 in remembrance of the birthday of Furman University's namesake, Richard Furman (1755-1825). The observance was moved again in 1928 to the month of January and remained there for many years.

In the spring of 1990 Founderís Day became Foundersí Week.

  • At the first Founders convocation, Gordon Blackwell, president emeritus, spoke about being a student in the 1930s, Gerda McCahan (psychology professor) spoke on the Woman's College and its traditions, and C. Dan Joyner (alum) remembered the 50s and the move to the new campus. The convocation concluded with the singing of "Brown Eyes." There's supposed to be a tree planted by the Student Alumni Council in the Asia Garden to commemorate the first Founders Day.