Today in Milligan History, 7/6

Today in Milligan History

an ongoing project of Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society

appearing sporadically during the summer months


Good day, Milligan! And happy birthday to Kody John Fawcett!

Proverbs 6:12-15 “12 A troublemaker and a villain, who goes about with a corrupt mouth, 13 who winks maliciously with his eye, signals with his feet and motions with his fingers, 14 who plots evil with deceit in his heart—he always stirs up conflict. 15 Therefore disaster will overtake him in an instant; he will suddenly be destroyed—without remedy.”

This is Monday, July 6, 2015, and on this day in Milligan history . . . 


1861    Carter County Bridge-Burners – Part IV.  Confederate Senator Landon B. Haynes of Johnson Depot, TN, (later to be known briefly as “Haynesville,” and still later as “Johnson City”) wrote the Confederate Secretary of War that “civil war” between Confederate and Unionist sympathizers was imminent in East Tennessee.  Cameron Judd, Bridge Burners: A True Adventure of East Tennessee’s Underground Civil War (Johnson City, TN: Overmountain Press, 1996), p. 26. 

1910    Joseph Gaylor assumed duties as State Secretary of the Tennessee Christian Missionary Society, whose Board at the time appointed the board of directors of Milligan College. Gaylor’s initial evaluation of Milligan was that the college was training leaders who remained in the area, and was the key to the commendable state of church life in East Tennessee. Herman Norton, Tennessee Christians: a history of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Tennessee (Nashville, TN: Reed & Co., 1971), pp. 227-228.

1939    Milligan College president Henry J. Derthick published an article entitled “Milligan College” in the Christian-Evangelist, explaining the college’s status as an “approved non-member” of the Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools of the Southern States. Milligan was not a fully-accredited member because it could not meet one of the criteria, that the college have “a goodly income from endowment to assure permanence.” Nevertheless, as an approved non-member, Milligan’s academic credits could transfer to fully accredited schools.  Cynthia Ann Cornwell (1985): Beside the Waters of the Buffalo: A History of Milligan College to 1941. Milligan College History Project: Milligan College, TN, 1989, pp. 76-77, 82-83, 88. 

1971    Marshall Leggett (1951), who would serve as President of Milligan College 1982-1997) officiated as President of the North American Christian Convention in Dallas, TX, July 6-9.  Edwin V. Hayden, North American Gold: The Story of 50 North American Christian Conventions (Joplin, MO: College Press, 1989), p. 110. 

Birthdays: In 1747 Admiral John Paul Jones on the Arbigland Estate near Kirkbean in the Stewartry of Kirkcudbright, Scotland . . . in 1808 David S. Burnet, influential personality within the religious tradition out of which Milligan College grew, the “Restoration Movement.” Burnet served as president of Bacon College (later Transylvania), edited the Christian Preacher, and was in some ways responsible for the establishment of the American Christian Bible Society, the American Christian Publication Society, and the American Christian Missionary Society . . . in 1932 Della Reese in Detroit, MI . . . in 1946 Sylvester Stallone in New York, NY . . . and in 1990 Milligan College Kody John Fawcett . . . and in 1992 Tyler Jackson Brackins.


Elsewhere . . .

In 1415 church officials burned proto-Reformer Jan Hus at the stake in Konstanz, Switzerland.

In 1535 Henry VIII had Thomas More beheaded for refusing to recognize Henry as supreme head of the Church of England.

In 1687 Sir Isaac Newton published Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica.

In 1776 the “Declaration of Independence” appeared on the front page of the Pennsylvania Evening Gazette.

In 1798 the United States of America passed a law making aliens “liable to be apprehended, restrained . . .  and removed as alien enemies.”

In 1853 William Wells Brown published Clotel, the first novel by an African-American.

In 1923 the Bolsheviks announced the formation of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.


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