Reuben Webster Millsaps

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Reuben Webster Millsaps
Born May 30, 1833
Copiah County, Mississippi
Died June 30, 1916

Reuben Webster Millsaps (May 30, 1833 - June 30, 1916) was an American businessman, financier and philanthropist.

Early years[edit]

Reuben Webster Millsaps was born on May 30, 1833 in Pleasant Valley, Copiah County, Mississippi.[1] His family were farmers. He had eight siblings.

He attended Indiana Asbury College, now known as DePauw University, and Harvard University Law School, where he earned a law degree.

Civil War[edit]

He fought in the American Civil War as a soldier in the Confederate States Army and was wounded twice during the war. He attained the military rank of Major.

Postbellum career[edit]

After returning from the war he pursued a successful career in business and finance. He was a President of Capital State Bank in Jackson, Mississippi.

Philanthropy[edit]

In 1890, Millsaps donated US$550,000, which was matched by contributions from Mississippi's Methodist community, for the creation of "a Christian college within the borders of our state".[2][3] The college is now known as Millsaps College and is located in Jackson, Mississippi.[2][3] He devoted the rest of his life to the building and running of the college.

Death[edit]

Tomb on the campus of Millsaps College.

He died on June 30, 1916, at the age of 83.[1] He was buried on the campus of Millsaps College in Jackson.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Reuben Webster Millsaps, Ancestry.com
  2. ^ a b Julie L. Kimborough, Jackson, Mount Pleasant, South Carolina: Arcadia Publishing, 1998, p. 89 [1]
  3. ^ a b Mary Carol Miller, Lost landmarks of Mississippi, Oxford, Mississippi: University Press of Mississippi, 1999, p. 33 [2]

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