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President Thomas Nelson Conrad

January 17, 1882-July 1, 1886

Thomas Nelson Conrad. --- Third president, 1882-86. Born Aug. 1, 1837, at Fairfax Courthouse, Va. Received A.B. at Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pa., 1857. After graduation, taught at Georgetown (D.C.) Academy until joining Third Virginia Cavalry as chaplain. Later became Confederate scout (spy) in which capacity he performed valuable and daring service for the Confederacy. After Civil War, taught at Upperville (Va.) Academy and Rockville (Md.) Academy before going to Christiansburg, Va., to teach at the Male Academy there. Took active part in getting V.A.M.C. located at Blacksburg. Later became principal of Male Academy and purchased The Montgomery Messenger. Served as reading clerk in House of Delegates. Became professor of English at V.A.M.C. in 1877, from which post he was elected president in 1882 at age 45. Was removed from presidency in 1886 and became chairman of the faculty at the Maryland Agricultural College. Died Jan. 5, 1905, in Washington, D.C., at age 67.

Source: Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Historical Data Book: Centennial Editon, ed.Jenkins Mikell Robertson, Bulletin of the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, vol. 65, no. 4, 69.
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