William Preston Few (1867-1940)

William Preston Few (1867-1940) (HM5T7)

Location: Travelers Rest, SC 29690 Greenville County
Country: United States of America

N 34° 58.468', W 82° 21.382'

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William Preston Few, prominent Southern educator, was born 1.6 mi. NE in 1867. Few received his Ph.D. from Harvard in 1896 and joined the faculty of Trinity College, Durham, N.C., that same year. He became Trinity's fifth president in 1910 and was instrumental in transforming the small Methodist college into a major university by cultivating the financial support of industrialist James Buchanan Duke (1856-1925).

Few Persuaded Duke to establish the Duke Endowment in 1924, a trust which created Duke University and which still supports it and other institutions and charities in the Carolinas, including children's homes, hospitals, Davidson College and John C. Smith University in N.C., and Furman University in S.C. William Preston Few was the first president of Duke University, serving from 1924 until his death.
HM NumberHM5T7
Marker Number23-23
Year Placed1997
Placed ByFurman University
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Date Added Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 at 12:33pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 376186 N 3871051
Decimal Degrees34.97446667, -82.35636667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 34° 58.468', W 82° 21.382'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds34° 58' 28.08" N, 82° 21' 22.92" W
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Area Code(s)864
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1301-1499 County Rd 262, Travelers Rest SC 29690, US
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