900 N. Grand
college in Texas operating under original charter. Founded
in 1849 by the Presbytery of Brazos under leadership of Daniel Baker.
for Stephen F. Austin, father of Texas. Opened in Huntsville with Sam
Anson Jones, and Henderson Yoakum-- Texas statesmen-- among original
Bell donated by Houston hangs in present chapel. For years competence
Greek and Latin was required for admittance.
In 1855 opened the first law
school in state, and became the first college in Texas to award
degrees in 1856. Had the first chapter in Texas of any national
(Phi Delta Theta). Remained open during Civil War although most
joined Confederate army.
Post-war problems and epidemics caused move to
Sherman in 1876. Oldest building is Luckett Hall (1908), the first
on this campus having been destroyed by arson in 1913. Erected first
Y.M.C.A. building west of the Mississippi River, 1911.
I, cooperated with the Student Army Training Corps and admitted first
In World War II, aided Army Air Training Corps.
Founded to serve youth
of pioneer families, college now enrolls students from all over the
and is a leader in creative Christian liberal arts education.
back: This marker made possible by Austin College Circle, 1970.
Elaine Nall Bay
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