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Lucius Meynardie Bauknight
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Birth: Aug. 13, 1879
Irmo
Lexington County
South Carolina, USA
Death: Apr. 19, 1949
Greenville
Greenville County
South Carolina, USA

He was the first educator in the state of South Carolina to introduce the study of agriculture - 1908.
"The Rotary News" Easley, SC; Dec. 10, 1948, from an article: Early Football Daze:
"Mr. L. M. Bauknight had some football experience at Newberry in 1903. That year Mr. George B. Cromer was president of the college and it was the first year that church colleges were allowed to play. President Cromer was not averse to the game, so long as he was not bothered. He never attended a game. The students could play but they positively could not miss any time from classes for practice nor for games. Consequently all games were played on the weekend. Their uniforms were just any getup they could find, all homemade. Instead of steel cleats as we now have, they cut up thick sole leather into blocks. They bore their own expenses and the coach was not paid a salary. Mr. Bauknight got his knee-cap knocked off in a game with a North Carolina team and never played again. The last game they played that season was with another North Carolina team, who challenged the loser to an oyster supper. Newberry won, and there was a grand banquet, a few sports fans attending and speech making. Cigars were passed around. Mr. Bauknight had never smoked a cigar before nor since, but he didn't care for this information to get around. So he took it, lit it, and as he says, he burnt it up.

Career:
His family could not afford to send him to a boarding school for high school, so he took an exam and became a teacher at his old one-teacher school. He concentrated on the older students to prepare them for college, and in doing so, prepared himself. He was accepted to Newberry College in 1900 and graduated with high honors in 1904. He then enrolled for the master of arts degree in Shakespeare and geology, and received his degree in 1906.
In an interview in 'The Easley Progress', August 3, 1944, he said, "I did not intend to teach, but when I found that I had not been prepared to do anything, I accepted a call to teach in the famous old Cokesbury Conference school.". He taught there for four years at a salary of $50.00 a month. There he met his future wife, Annie Rebecca Dukes.
In 1908 he accepted the position of superintendent of the Fort Mill schools. It was there that his second child, Athalie, was born. Later he accepted a position as superintendent of schools and lived in Latta.
In July, 1919, he became an agriculture teacher in Easley. A classmate who had become superintendent of the schools decided that it was a waste of talent for L. M. to teach agriculture, so he said that it could only be taught after school as an extra curricular activity. Only one student signed up, but many disappointed students demanded it be taught during school. The outcry forced the resignation of the former classmate, and agriculture was offered as an optional class.
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Family links: 
 Parents:
  George Lucious Bauknight (1855 - 1914)
  Mary Alice Bickley Bauknight (1861 - 1927)
 
 Spouse:
  Annie Rebecca Dukes Bauknight (1883 - 1979)
 
 Children:
  Remsen Bauknight (1907 - 1963)*
  Athalie Bauknight Matthews (1909 - 1994)*
  Wilfred Bauknight (1910 - 1979)*
  Lehman M. Bauknight (1914 - 1991)*
 
 Siblings:
  Lucius Meynardie Bauknight (1879 - 1949)
  Minnie Matilda Bauknight Younginer (1886 - 1972)*
  William Emory Bauknight (1891 - 1961)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
West View Cemetery
Easley
Pickens County
South Carolina, USA
 
Created by: Janie Elms Matthews
Record added: Nov 21, 2009
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Lucius Meynardie Bauknight
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