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 Thomas Green Clemson

Thomas Green Clemson

Birth
Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 6 Apr 1888 (aged 80)
Pickens County, South Carolina, USA
Burial Pendleton, Anderson County, South Carolina, USA
Memorial ID 20052 · View Source
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Philanthropist. Born in Philadelphia, he was educated at Alden Partridge's Military Academy in Vermont and was further trained in agricultural at the Sorbonne Paris, France. Upon his return to the US, he co-authored significant legislation to promote agricultural education and engaged in farming in South Carolina in the 1830s. Thomas became active in the federal government, served as the ambassador to Belgium under four U.S. presidents and in 1860, took an office under President Buchanan that later became recognized as the country's first Secretary of Agriculture. During the Civil War, he supported the Confederate States in the establishment of a department of agriculture and continued the improvement of agriculture for the states after the war. Upon his death, he donated his land and money to establish an agricultural college in South Carolina. The state established the Clemson University Agricultural College the following year, which was named in his honor in 1889.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith



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  • Find A Grave Memorial 20052
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Thomas Green Clemson (1 Jul 1807–6 Apr 1888), Find A Grave Memorial no. 20052, citing Saint Pauls Episcopal Church Cemetery, Pendleton, Anderson County, South Carolina, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .