Transylvania: Tutor to the West

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University Press of Kentucky, 2006 - History - 445 pages
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Chartered in 1780, Transylvania University played a significant role as an educational pioneer in the developing trans-Allegheny West and served as its first institution of higher education. Strategically located in the growing city of Lexington, Kentucky, the university established schools of law and medicine at a time when there were few such educational offerings in the country. Noted alumni include emancipationist Cassius M. Clay and Confederate president Jefferson Davis. Two centuries later, Transylvania University maintains its commitment to the highest standards of the liberal arts education. Now passing its 225th anniversary, it remains an educational beacon for Kentucky and the South.

  

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Contents

Learning in the Wilderness
1
Division and Reunion
16
James Moore and the New University
33
Problems and Slow Growth of the University
47
Horace Holley and the Making of a University
65
The Making of a Martyr
99
The Phoenix Rises
118
The Failure of Innovative Education
132
The Embattled Sectarians 18651877
212
Apes Girls and Daddy Loos
234
The Creative Administration of Burris Jenkins
258
Student Life From the Civil War to World War I
281
The Struggle for Survival and Identity
312
World War I and the Heresy Trial
331
Transylvania Survives the Twenties
344
Depression and War
364

The Crisis in the Medical Department
145
The Methodists Take Their Turn
158
The Period of Decline 18501865
172
Kentucky University
190
Innovation and Expansion
390
Expansion and Consolidation
407
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John D. Wright Jr. was chair of the department of history and political science at Transylvania University. For his service he was awarded the Transylvania Medal, the university's highest award for a non-alumnus.

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