Harrison Randolph

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Harrison Randolph
President of the
College of Charleston
In office
Preceded byHenry Elliott Shepherd
Succeeded byGeorge Daniel Grice
Personal details
BornDecember 8, 1871
New Orleans, LA
Alma materUniversity of Virginia

Harrison Randolph (December 8, 1871[1] - 1954[2]) was the 13th President and professor of mathematics at the College of Charleston from 1897 to 1945.

Randolph was born in New Orleans, Louisiana to John Feild Randolph and Virginia Dashiell Randolph, née Bayard. He was a lineal descendant of Edward Randolph of the Bremo Plantation, who was his great-great-great grandfather[1] and Benjamin Harrison V, a paternal ancestor who signed the Declaration of Independence. He attended the University of Virginia, graduating in 1892 with a Master of Arts degree, and continued graduate study there from 1892 through 1895 while also serving as an instructor in mathematics.[1] During this time he also served as the organist in the University of Virginia Chapel[3] and directed the Virginia Glee Club,[4] leading the latter organization on tours through the Southeast.[5] Randolph had been elected of the President of the University of Arkansas in 1892, but declined the position. In 1895, he was elected chair of Mathematics at the University of Arkansas, remaining there until 1897.[1]

College of Charleston[edit]

In 1897, Randolph was elected President and Chair of Mathematics at the College of Charleston. When he arrived, the College principally enrolled students from the city of Charleston, South Carolina. Under his presidency, the student body population changed as he led the building of residence halls and created scholarships to attract students from throughout South Carolina. He also oversaw the admission of women to the college in 1917.[6] Under his leadership, the College grew from 68 students in 1905 to more than 400 in 1935.[7]

Randolph was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Alpha Tau Omega.[8]

In August 2008, Charleston Magazine named Randolph the 72nd most influential individual in Charleston's history, citing his work to modernize the College of Charleston.[9]


  1. ^ a b c d Barringer, Paul Brandon; Garnett, James Mercer; Page, Rosewell, eds. (1904). "Randolph, Harrison". University of Virginia: Its History, Influence, Equipment and Characteristics, with Biographical Sketches and Portraits of Founders, Benefactors, Officers and Alumni. II. New York: Lewis Publishing Company. p. 313.
  2. ^ "Manuscript Collections of the College of Charleston". Archived from the original on 2008-06-12. Retrieved 2009-05-17.
  3. ^ University of Virginia Glee Club (1972). A Shadow's on the Sundial (liner notes) (Record album).
  4. ^ Bruce, Philip Alexander (1921). History of the University of Virginia, 1818-1919. IV. MacMillan. pp. 127–128, 841.
  5. ^ "The Virginia Boys". The Atlanta Constitution. 1894-01-28. p. 24. Retrieved 2009-05-12.
  6. ^ "Graduate School Mission Statement". The Graduate School of the College of Charleston. Archived from the original on 2009-05-03. Retrieved 2009-05-17.
  7. ^ "College of Charleston History". Retrieved 2010-10-14.
  8. ^ Snowden, Yates; Harry Gardner Cutler (1920). History of South Carolina. Lewis Publishing Co. p. 71.
  9. ^ Greene, Harlan; Stephen Hoffius. "Charleston 100". Charleston Magazine. Retrieved 2009-05-17.[permanent dead link]