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Mississippi College traces its roots back to when the institution was chartered by the state Legislature as Hampstead Academy. The same year, America celebrated its 50th birthday and John Quincy Adams served as president of a growing nation with a little more than 9. Mississippi College remains the oldest institution of higher learning in the Magnolia State. Situated on five acres near Mount Salus in Central Mississippi, the new school was renamed Mississippi Academy and began offering classes for boys and girls in January That treaty was ed in Three years earlier, inthe state of Mississippi ed the United States.
Rhetoric was among the Adult dating Webb Mississippi taught to the first group of students at Mississippi Academy when the school- house opened. The initial campus building in a small town that later became Clinton was large enough to accommodate to students. To the west of it stood a second building with a beautiful chapel added just to the east of in The academy was renamed Mississippi College in and was authorized "to confer A private institution, Mississippi College was coeducational and in December made history as the first college in the nation to grant a degree to a woman.
Gold medallions were presented to the first group of female graduates. There were other historic firsts for the college in the years to come. Inthe college was given to the Presbyterian Church, which later encountered financial straits and returned it to its original owners in That same year, the Mississippi Baptist Convention obtained the college that today remains the second oldest Baptist institution in America.
Soon, cannons were fired in places like Vicksburg, Mississippi and Gettysburg, Pennsylvania with the Civil War shattering the fabric of American life. As North battled South in bloody skirmishes, the war nearly decimated schools like Mississippi College.
The tumultuous times brought by the Civil War represented defining and often tragic moments in the history of Mississippi College. A large group of MC students, three faculty members, a trustee, and townspeople in Clinton organized the Mississippi College Rifles.
The company boarded a train for Corinth and a lengthy series of Civil War battles, primarily in northern Virginia, but few returned home alive. The college kept its doors open during the war years with an average enrollment of about 30 students. Amid the deadly Civil War struggles, portions of the Mississippi College campus served other purposes.
Soon after it opened inProvine Chapel was utilized as a hospital by Northern U. General Ulysses S. Grant and his wounded Civil War troops. Others believe the ground floor of the two-story building was also used as a stable for his horses.
A cherished campus landmark today, Provine Chapel remains the oldest building on the Clinton campus. Despite its endowment being wiped out, many of its students leaving to fight in the Civil War, and its physical plant badly deteriorating, MC experienced a post-war resurgence.
Administrations of Mississippi College Presidents like Drs. Warren Webb, W. Lowery and J. Provine energized a fruitful period with new buildings, the redevelopment of the school endowment, and enrollment growth. Capitol Street Clinton, MSAdult dating Webb Mississippi
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