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Thomas Greene Clemson
Birth: Jul. 1, 1807
Death: Apr. 6, 1888

Philanthropist. Born in Philadelphia, he was educated at Alden Partridge's Military Academy in Vermont and was further trained in agricultural at the Sorbonne Paris, France. Upon his return to the US, he co-authored significant legislation to promote agricultural education and engaged in farming in South Carolina in the 1830s. Thomas became active in the federal government, served as the ambassador to Belgium under four U.S. presidents and in 1860, took an office under President Buchanan that later became recognized as the country's first Secretary of Agriculture. During the Civil War, he supported the Confederate States in the establishment of a department of agriculture and continued the improvement of agriculture for the states after the war. Upon his death, he donated his land and money to establish an agricultural college in South Carolina. The state established the Clemson University Agricultural College the following year, which was named in his honor in 1889. (bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) 
 
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 Spouse:
  Anna Calhoun Clemson (1817 - 1875)*
 
 Children:
  John Calhoun Clemson (1841 - 1871)*
  Floride Clemson Lee (1842 - 1871)*
  Cornelia Clemson (1855 - 1858)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Saint Pauls Episcopal Church Cemetery
Pendleton
Anderson County
South Carolina, USA
 
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Record added: Feb 01, 2001
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Thomas Greene Clemson
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Take pride in the college that bears your name.
- Laurie Davis Hannah
 Added: Jul. 1, 2014
Remembering and Honoring a True Southern Hero. A Confederate Soldier who Bravely and Proudly Fought for Southern Independence During the War of Northern Aggression. Deo Vindice.
- Tony Smith SCV Camp 38, North Charleston S.C.
 Added: May. 20, 2014

- Rose Mary Minyard
 Added: Nov. 16, 2013
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