Jackson College (Tennessee)

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This article is about the college in Columbia, Tennessee. For the college in Jackson, Tennessee, see Jackson State Community College.

Jackson College was a college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church, located in Columbia, Tennessee.[1][2][3][4]


Jackson College was originally founded as the Manual Labor Academy at Spring Hill, Tennessee in 1830.[1][4] Its original enrollment was seven students.[4] As part of its curriculum each student was required to work two hours per day at a manual task. It was thought that this manual labor was beneficial to the student. While some schools might have engaged in mechanical tasks, the academy was not able to build shops or buy the tools necessary. They, therefore, engaged in farming.[1]

Some time around 1832, through an act of legislature, the academy became Jackson College. During this time, the manual labor aspect of the academy was maintained.[1][4]

In 1837 the College moved to Columbia. At this point, the manual labor aspect of the curriculum that began with the original academy was abolished.[1]

During the American Civil War the college was burned by the Union Army.[1] (Note: it is likely that it was at this time that the college ceased to exist, but the references available are not clear about this.)

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  1. ^ a b c d e f Merriam 1893, p. 235
  2. ^ Wade 1846, v. III, p. 24
  3. ^ Van Tramp 1867, p. 451
  4. ^ a b c d Woodbridge 1834, v. 4, p. 577
  5. ^ "Tennessee Governor John Calvin Brownn". National Governors Association. Retrieved September 29, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Tennessee Governor Neill Smith Brown". National Governors Association. Retrieved September 29, 2012. 

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