Rev. Tryon Edwards

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Title

Rev. Tryon Edwards

Subject

Wilson College Presidents

Description

The Rev. James W. Wightman, Vice-President and Acting President
Edwards: Presbyterian minister from Hagerstown Maryland
Wightman: pastor of the Presbyterian Church of Greencastle. Wightman did not believe in a “female” education of women – he proposed a first-class college comparable to men’s colleges.
Wightman and Edwards envisioned a different kind of college for young women. It would be the intellectual equal of men’s colleges, have a government based on honor and self-discipline, and maintain a Christian atmosphere while promoting a non-sectarian student body. Above all, the goal would be intellectual and spiritual growth.

The two pastors’ vision led to a discussion at the Presbytery meeting in Greencastle on April 15, 1868. The meeting passed a resolution that the Committee on Education (chaired by Dr. Edwards) would start devising a means to establish such a college. By the Presbytery’s June meeting, the Committee laid out a plan. They needed to determine a Board of Trustees, advertise the College, secure a location, and raise the money to fund it all.

Source

VIP Files

Publisher

C. Elizabeth Boyd '33 Archives, Wilson College

Date

1870-1872

Rights

For information on copyright or permissions for this collection contact the C. Elizabeth Boyd '33 archives

Format

Image/Jpeg

Language

English

Citation

“Rev. Tryon Edwards,” Hankey Center & C. Elizabeth Boyd '33 Archives, accessed September 17, 2019, http://wilson.gistemp.com/items/show/69.