Dr. Edwin L. Stephens

Dr. Edwin L. Stephens (HM23WN)

Location: Lafayette, LA 70503 Lafayette Parish
Country: United States of America

N 30° 12.994', W 92° 1.136'

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University President 1900 - 1938

Following its establishment in 1898, Dr. Edwin Lewis Stephens became the University's first president in 1900 at the age of 27. He transformed an empty sugar cane field into a respected institution of higher learning. On January 1, 1901, he planted live oak trees on the new campus near this location. Over the years, acorns from these oaks were gathered and the seedlings they produced were planted across the growing campus. Dr. Stephens served as president for 38 years and the oaks have become a symbol of the University's strength and confidence in the future.

"To my mind, the live oak is the noblest of all trees, the most to be admired for its beauty, most to be cherished and venerated for its age and character, and most to be loved with gratitude for its beneficence of shade for all generations of man within its vicinity." - Dr. Edwin L. Stephens
HM NumberHM23WN
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Date Added Monday, December 18th, 2017 at 7:03am PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15R E 594417 N 3343189
Decimal Degrees30.21656667, -92.01893333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 30° 12.994', W 92° 1.136'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds30° 12' 59.64" N, 92° 1' 8.16" W
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Area Code(s)337
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 120 E University Ave, Lafayette LA 70503, US
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