Harrison Randolph (December 8, 1871[1] - December 27, 1954[2])[3] was the 13th President and professor of mathematics at the College of Charleston from 1897 to 1945.

Randolph was born in New Orleans, Louisiana to John Feild Randolph and Virginia Dashiell Randolph, nee Bayard; he was descended from the Randolphs of the Bremo Plantation, and a paternal ancestor, Benjamin Harrison V, signed the Declaration of Independence. He attended the University of Virginia, graduating in 1892 with a Master of Arts degree, and continued graduate study there from 1892 through 1895 while also serving as an instructor in mathematics.[1] He was a member of T.I.L.K.A. and the German Club.[4] During this time he also served as the organist in the University of Virginia Chapel[5] and directed the Virginia Glee Club,[6] leading the latter organization on tours through the Southeast.[7]

Randolph had been elected of the President of the University of Arkansas in 1892, but declined the position. In 1895, he was elected chair of Mathematics at the University of Arkansas, remaining there until 1897.[1]

College of Charleston[edit | edit source]

In 1897, Randolph was elected President and Chair of Mathematics at the College of Charleston. When he arrived, the College principally enrolled students from the city of Charleston, South Carolina. Under his presidency, the student body population changed as he led the building of residence halls and created scholarships to attract students from throughout South Carolina. He also oversaw the admission of women to the college in 1917.[8] Under his leadership, the College grew from 68 students in 1905 to more than 400 in 1935.[9]

Randolph was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Alpha Tau Omega.[10]

In August 2008, Charleston Magazine named Randolph the 72nd most influential individual in Charleston's history, citing his work to modernize the College of Charleston.[11]

Virginia Glee Club seasons[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Barringer, Paul; James Mercer Garnett, Rosewell Page (1904). University of Virginia. II. New York: Lewis Publishing Co.. p. 313. http://books.google.com/books?id=mCbOAAAAMAAJ&pg=PA313&vq=harrison+randolph&dq=john+a.+Shishmanian+%22University+of+virginia%22&source=gbs_search_s&cad=0. 
  2. "Manuscript Collections of the College of Charleston". http://www.cofc.edu/~speccoll/collectionlist2.html. Retrieved 2009-05-17. 
  3. "Harrison Randolph". Find-A-Grave. http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=RAN&GSpartial=1&GSbyrel=all&GSst=43&GScntry=4&GSsr=441&GRid=50203206&. Retrieved 2014-01-18. 
  4. Corks and Curls. V. 1892. p. 102. http://search.lib.virginia.edu/catalog/uva-lib:2251089/view#openLayer/uva-lib:2173201/1508/2202/2/1/0. Retrieved 2015-07-06. 
  5. University of Virginia Glee Club.. A Shadow's on the Sundial (liner notes). [Record album]. 
  6. Bruce, Philip Alexander (1921). History of the University of Virginia, 1818-1919. IV. MacMillan. pp. 127–128,841. http://books.google.com/books?id=ns0zAAAAIAAJ&pg=PA127&dq=%22cabell+house%22+virginia#PPA127,M1. 
  7. "The Virginia Boys". The Atlanta Constitution: p. 24. 1894-01-28. http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/ajc_historic/access/535337012.html?dids=535337012:535337012&FMT=ABS&FMTS=ABS:AI&date=Jan+28%2C+1894&author=&pub=The+Atlanta+Constitution&desc=THE+VIRGINIA+BOYS.&pqatl=google. Retrieved 2009-05-12. 
  8. "The College Timeline". College of Charleston. http://www.cofc.edu/about/historyandtraditions/collegetimeline.php. Retrieved 2016-02-15. 
  9. "College of Charleston History". http://www.cofc.edu/about/historyandtraditions/briefhistory.php. Retrieved 2016-02-16. 
  10. Snowden, Yates; Harry Gardner Cutler (1920). History of South Carolina. Lewis Publishing Co.. p. 71. http://books.google.com/books?id=sTcVAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA70&lpg=PA70&dq=%22harrison+randolph%22+%22college+of+charleston%22&source=bl&ots=7vLgecgAaz&sig=IUq3WsYk1FBUgoWaTh9jhRCt9Xs&hl=en#PPA71,M1. 
  11. Greene, Harlan; Stephen Hoffius. "Charleston 100". Charleston Magazine. http://www.charlestonmag.com/100most/60-80.html. Retrieved 2009-05-17. 

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