George Edgar (academic) Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Edgar_(academic)

George Matthews Edgar
President of Seminary West of the Suwannee River (now named Florida State University)
In office
Preceded byE. R. Weeks
Succeeded byAlvin Lewis
Personal details
Born(1837-03-01)March 1, 1837
Union, Virginia
DiedOctober 18, 1913(1913-10-18) (aged 76)
Paris, Kentucky
Spouse(s)Rebecca Fry
RelativesMathews family[1]
Alma materVirginia Military Institute

George Mathews Edgar (March 1, 1837 – October 18, 1913) was the President of the Seminary West of the Suwannee River, in Tallahassee, Florida, an institution which eventually became Florida State University. He served in that office from 1887 to 1892. Edgar first called the West Florida Seminary "Florida State University" during Commencement in June 1891.[2] He was also president of the Arkansas Industrial University (now the University of Arkansas) from 1884 to 1887. He later taught at the University of Alabama and Occidental College in California.[3]

Edgar was born March 1, 1837, at Union, Virginia, and graduated fifth in his class from Virginia Military Institute in 1856. During the Civil War, he served in the Confederate Army.[3] After serving in the 59th Virginia Infantry Regiment, he organized Edgar's Battalion on March 28, 1862. This battalion evolved into the 26th Virginia Infantry Battalion, and he was its major and commander. In November 1862, he was promoted to lieutenant colonel.

He was married to Rebecca Fry, and they had six children. Edgar died at Paris, Kentucky on October 18, 1913.[3]


  1. ^ Grose, S.E. (1997). "Greenbrier County, West Virginia Heritage." Greenbrier County, West Virginia. Pg 59. https://books.google.com/books?id=GPsJ1b3sJ6MC&q=edgar#v=onepage&q=george%20mathews%20edgar&f=false Retrieved December 2, 2018
  2. ^ Dodd, William George: History of West Florida Seminary, page 82. Florida State University, 1952.
  3. ^ a b c "George M. Edgar". uark.edu. Fayetteville, Arkansas: University of Arkansas. Retrieved September 10, 2019.

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