Oakland College

Oakland College (HM295O)

Location: , MS 39096 Claiborne County
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Country: United States of America
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N 31° 52.567', W 91° 8.396'

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1830 - Oakland College was founded by Dr. Jeremiah Chamberlain.
Chamberlain envisioned Oakland as serving the 300,000 inhabitants
of Mississippi. Louisiana, and Arkansas. Representatives of three
Louisiana parishes and eight Mississippi counties met at Bethel
Church in January 1830, and approved Chamberlain''s proposal to
establish an "Institution of Higher Learning under the care of
Mississippi Presbytery". While its founders were searching for a
permanent location, the school opened with three students on May 14,
with Dr Chanberlain serving as President. By July of 183O, 250
acres had been given to Oakland College, and construction of the
first buildings began. The early years of Oakland College were characterized by growth and optimism. The optimistic future of Oakland was severely curtailed with the death of its founder and president, Dr. Jeremiah Chamberlain in 1851.Chamberlain, an ardent Unionist and Whig was assassinated on the campus by a secessionist. Following Chamberlain's death, Oakland moved into a period of slow growth. The college's final decline was precipitated by the Civil War.
HM NumberHM295O
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Date Added Saturday, July 7th, 2018 at 10:02am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)15R E 675942 N 3528212
Decimal Degrees31.87611667, -91.13993333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 31° 52.567', W 91° 8.396'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds31° 52' 34.02" N, 91° 8' 23.76" W
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Area Code(s)601
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1000 Asu Dr, MS 39096, US
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