Stuart Female Seminary

Stuart Female Seminary (HMHO4)

Location: Austin, TX 78702 Travis County
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N 30° 15.99', W 97° 43.637'

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After 23 years as principal of Live Oak Female Seminary, Washington County, Rebecca K. Stuart Red (1826-1886) founded her own school in 1875. Her husband, G.C. Red, M.D., had a two-story stone dormitory - academic building erected on this site, and the Stuart Female Seminary opened formally in January 1876.

Ashbel Smith, M.D. (past board member, United States Military Academy), was first president of the board of trustees. His successor (1886) was D.F. Stuart, M.D., brother of Mrs. Red. Board members included another brother, R.C. Stuart, State Legislator J.N.P. Cramer, Judge Z.T. Fulmore, the Rev. Josephus Johnson, and the Rev. J.W. Miller. On faculty were Dr. G.C. Red and the Red children, William, Clark, Lel, and Harriet (Mrs. S.W. McJunkin); also Miss Janet Downie, and Mmes. Fannie Speed Davies, Anna Ritz, and Margaret Stiles.

In 1886, at the death of the founder, her daughter "Miss Lel" Red (1859-1946) became principal. In 1889 Miss Red married the Rev. J.M. Purcell, and they continued the school until 1899, when the Red heirs deeded this site to the Presbyterian Synod of Texas. Here in 1902 the Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary began its work. It moved to University of Texas area in 1907, but site has remained in public usage.
HM NumberHMHO4
Marker Number15338
Year Placed1973
Placed ByThe Texas Historical Commission
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Date Added Saturday, October 18th, 2014 at 3:05am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)14R E 622426 N 3349001
Decimal Degrees30.26650000, -97.72728333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 30° 15.99', W 97° 43.637'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds30° 15' 59.40" N, 97° 43' 38.22" W
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Area Code(s)512, 361
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1206-1298 E 9th St, Austin TX 78702, US
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