Hardin-Simmons University

Hardin-Simmons University (HM1MT2)

Location: Abilene, TX 79601 Taylor County
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N 32° 28.581', W 99° 44.063'

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     Organized as Abilene Baptist College by cattlemen, preachers, and Sweetwater Baptist Association in 1891.
     Named for New York pastor James B. Simmons, after he donated funds for completing the first building, which housed the president, classes and women students during school's early years. Men lived in nearby barn-like structure "Valhalla."
     Noted early presidents were the missionary-editor, O.C. Pope; Oscar Henry Cooper, renowned educator; and Jefferson Davis Sandefer, in whose term (1909-1940) the school made extensive growth.
     Approximately 44,000 students have been enrolled, and 10,000 degrees conferred. Ex-students enter business and the professions, including medicine, law, teaching, engineering; ministers and lay workers served in hundreds of pulpits and on all continents. Students come from many states and foreign countries.
     Athletic teams are "Cowboys"; the "Cowboy" band, famous nationally, has played in 45 states and on 3 continents.
     Renamed Simmons University, 1925; and Hardin-Simmons in 1934, after generous benefactions by John G. and Mary Hardin. Since 1940, guided by the Baptist General Convention of Texas. Most of extant buildings have been constructed since 1945.
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark, 1967

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The Rev. W.C. Friley     1892-1894
Dr. George O. Thatcher     1894-1898
Dr. O.C. Pope     1898-1901
The Rev. C.R. Hairfield     1901-1902
Dr. Oscar H. Cooper     1902-1909
Dr. Jefferson D. Sandefer     1909-1940
Dr. Lucian Q. Cambell, interim     1940-1940
Dr. William R. White     1940-1943
Dr. Rupert N. Richardson     1943-1953
Dr. Evan Allard Reiff     1953-1962
Dr. George L. Graham, interim     1962-1963
Dr. James H. Landes     1963-1966
Dr. Elwin L. Skiles     1966-1977
Dr. Jesse C. Fletcher     1977-1991
Dr. Lanny Hall     1991-2001
Dr. W. Craig Turner     2001-2008
Dr. Lanny Hall     2009-
HM NumberHM1MT2
Marker Number2373
Year Placed1967
Placed ByTexas State Historical Survey Committee
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, August 12th, 2015 at 1:03pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)14S E 430993 N 3593474
Decimal Degrees32.47635000, -99.73438333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 28.581', W 99° 44.063'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 28' 34.86" N, 99° 44' 3.78" W
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Area Code(s)325
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2200 Hickory St, Abilene TX 79601, US
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