The author of this blog is Jean L. Cooper, Genealogical Resources Specialist at the University of Virginia Library. This blog is based on the Index of Students of the University of Virginia, 1825-1874 (Shortwood Press, 2011), which listed the names of over 9,000 men who attended the University of Virginia between the years of 1825 and 1874.
After working on the Index, it seemed logical to follow up by delving deeper into the biographies of the early students of the University. Rather than wait until all of the biographies are completed, we’d like to share some of the very interesting people we’re discovering as we find them.
The individuals who were the first students of the University of Virginia were primarily from well-to-do families. After leaving the University, many of these young men — U.Va. was a men’s school until 1970 — went on to become leaders in Virginia and the United States, in society, in politics, and in the professions. There are many success stories — and there are tragedies.
Please join me as we rediscover their history.
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