Today in Milligan History (7/8)

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Today in Milligan History

an ongoing project of Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society

appearing sporadically during the summer months

Good day, Milligan!

Proverbs 8:13 – To fear the Lord is to hate evil; I [Wisdom] hate pride and arrogance, evil behavior and perverse speech.

This is Thursday, July 8, 2010, and on this day in Milligan history . . .

1797    The United States Senate expelled Tennessee Senator William Blount by a vote of 25 to 1. Blount, for whom nearby Blountville is named, was a signer of the U.S. Constitution, first governor of the Southwest Territory, and instrumental in forming statehood for Tennessee. In 1796 he had become one of Tennessee’s first two senators, but President John Adams named Blount as one of the conspirators who had offered to assist Great Britain in taking possession of Spanish-controlled Louisiana and Florida.

1910    Influential East Tennessee Congressman William Preston Brownlow died at 7:20 p.m. at the Soldiers’ Home in Johnson City. Brownlow had been unusually successful in securing federal money and projects for his district, including Mountain Home Veterans’ Home and the Veteran’s Administration Hospital. Howard N. Campbell, Watauga: An Unusual History of the Watauga, Tennessee area, the Birthplace of Democracy in the World as We Know It Today (Kingsport, TN: Arcata Graphics, 19860, p. 312.

1992    Milligan College ex-president Virgil Elliott (1906-1992) passed away in the home of his son Bob Elliott in Fall Creek, WI. Cremains were interred in the Hilllman Rust Township Cemetery in Hillman, MI. Clinton Jack Holloway (1995), Age Deo Fide et Amore: A History of Milligan College 1940-1966. (Unpublished thesis, Emmanuel School of Religion, 1998), p. 92.

Birthdays: In 1792 hymn composer Lowell Mason (“’Nearer, My God, To Thee,” “’Blest Be the Tie That Binds,” “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross” and hundreds more) in Medfield, MA  . . . in 1867 Käthe Kollwitz in Konigsberg, East Prussia, Germany . . .  in 1918 Nelson Mandela in Transkei, South Africa . . . and in 1995 incoming Milligan College freshman Joseph R. Evans in ___________________.

Elsewhere . . .

In 1663 the British Crown issued Rhode Island a charter that guaranteed religious freedom.

In 1777 Vermont abolished slavery and adopted universal manhood suffrage.

In 1889 The Wall Street Journal began publication.

In 1892 psychologists established the American Psychological Association in Worcester, MA.

In 1932, at the lowest point of the Depression, the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at 41.22.

In 1981 the United States Senate confirmed the nomination of Sandra Day O’Conner as the first woman to sit on the Supreme Court.

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