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Lee received his B. Rich Robinson Associate Professor of Theatre. He also directs and coordinates a 3 week Summer Youth Theatre Camp held on campus and tours ren's play to local schools every spring. Laura Rikard Assistant Professor of Theatre.


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He returned to Reedy River for This would be his last appointment, though he continued to serve as a local pastor for the rest of his life. And some of this may, in fact, be true. Alumnus and trustee John B. Cleveland recognized this. The work of managing the Todd family farm, and the possibility that an appointment would take him far away from Spartanburg, made his retirement from the active ministry necessary. Digital Commons Wofford Institutional repository. The gifts, Walker believed, would not last. While William and Joseph were both Patriot officers, another of their brothers, the somewhat wealthier Benjamin, was a Loyalist.

It appears that he left the more speculative type of investments to others, concentrating on making money through interest and dividends. Most people comment on his grim appearance, best known from one drawing and one painting.

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Anna and Benjamin, who had no children, continued to live on the Todd family farm for some seventeen more years. I must leave it behind me, so [as] to do some good. In a place like Spartanburg, with no banks in the village, men with funds like Ben Wofford played an important role in the growth of the local economy.

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When the college opened, the faculty went to great lengths to honor her as a co-founder. The new couple moved into Spartanburg village, living near the courthouse square in a large house. However, her late husband did not leave her penniless. Inhe was admitted to the South Carolina Annual Conference on trial and appointed as the junior preacher on the Enoree Circuit, where he served in In that year, he and Anna gave an acre and a half of land to build a Methodist meeting house near their home, in which Ben worshiped and preached for many years.

Photos: the pen and ink drawing of Benjamin Wofford by William H. Barclay portrait. Cleveland suggested another way that Benjamin Wofford could have lived. Every year it is augmented. Apparently a woman of some wealth herself, Maria brought additional assets to the marriage.

Joseph and Martha Wofford had six children, one of whom, born the night of October 19,was Benjamin Wofford. Stories and anecdotes about his dealings with other businessmen in the village are few, but generally similar. Word quickly spread of his large gift of funds to found a college in Spartanburg. Indications are that she owned land outside of the state, and brought some wealth to the marriage. He has been compared with everyone from Benjamin Franklin to Ebenezer Scrooge.

Maria Barron Wofford, at age 33, was 23 years younger than her husband. They settled in different parts of the county, from Glendale, where William Wofford built his iron works, to the area around Woodruff, to the Enoree River, to the Tyger River, where Joseph Wofford made his home. Ten months later, he was dead.

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His new bride was the only child of Thomas and Ann Todd, who were among the wealthiest landowners in southern Spartanburg County. As early ashe sold some land to Phillip Weaver, the man who built the first small textile factory in Spartanburg.

Would we be here today? It eventually became Limestone College. He continued to work in and into earlybut apparently left before the conference and did not pursue ordination there.

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Inhe attempted to purchase land near Limestone Springs, in present day Cherokee County, apparently intending to give it to the Annual Conference to found a college. We p that Benjamin Wofford continued, after his marriage to Maria Wofford and his move into the village, continued his life about as he had lived it before.

She did not want to live on the Todd family farm, and Benjamin himself seems to have grown weary of rural life.

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At the conference, he located, or ceased taking annual appointments from the bishop, though he retained his ordination and his right to preach. So was the young Benjamin, who, after hearing the preaching of Rev. George Dougherty and Rev. Lewis Myers, soon felt a call to preach.

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Traveling to the west, to central Tennessee, Benjamin Wofford was d by the Rev. William McKendree, a future Methodist bishop, and he preached as a local pastor for a year under the supervision of another minister in western Kentucky.

Library Home Start research here. His thriftiness has been counted as selfishness, his precision in business affairs has led people to think him a heartless and mean man. However, he was able to renew his service in the Methodist ministry. Whether true or not, the truth behind the story is that the Carolina backcountry had not become a stable society when Benjamin Wofford was born, and it continued to be a rough place to live. What shall I do with it? Ben apparently felt rebuffed, later saying that he thought the clergy in the conference did not want to start a church-related college in the state.

And yet let us suppose he was not all of these.

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Named for his Loyalist uncle, Benjamin was born the same night that, according to family tradition, Joseph Wofford was captured by Loyalist militia and nearly murdered. From the ministry, Ben turned to making money. These did not survive, though others did.

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For Cleveland, the true greatness of Benjamin Wofford is that he did not choose this type of life. He was involved in the founding of Central Methodist Church in Spartanburg inserving as a trustee. The conference moved to admit him on trial with the condition he take steps to free the two slaves he owned in South Carolina.

He could have lived well on his small fortune, with a nice carriage, fine food, expensive clothes, and a fancy home. Sandor Teszler Library. His investments would have helped to build the growing village, which had been chartered in His wealth and standing in the community would have brought him into contact with others in the town who were advocating for economic development.

But, a visit from a good friend, the Rev. Walker advised him that spreading his resources out widely would have comparatively little effect. The Woffords were eventually swept up in the American Revolutionary War, and they did not all choose the same side.

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His basic biography is easy enough to recount, but his personality is more challenging. Early on, Benjamin Wofford moved into investing, lending money to help people start businesses. The size of the gift drew attention well beyond the state. Wofford was, the stories go, less than pleased to see so much of his estate pass out of her control. In the same area Hugh Llewellyn, a Welsh migrant who had come to the area from Pennsylvania, settled with a daughter, Martha, who soon married Joseph Wofford.

Then, Cleveland suggested, his neighbors would have both admired and envied him, but they surely would not have called him a miser. They lived there for two years, until Thomas Todd died inwhen they moved into the larger house with Ann Todd.

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After years of attending worship services by herself, or with one of her sons in tow, Joseph went along, and eventually was converted. He had been spending winters in Columbia for several years.

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Inhe applied for admission on trial as a member of the Western Annual Conference, and had the recommendation of the circuit he was serving. He invested in several of the state banks. As the story goes, only the entreaties of the expectant mother saved his life. After persuading Benjamin Wofford that the conference did indeed want to start a college for Methodists in the state, Walker took his leave, with the promise to write down a summary of their conversation and send it to Wofford.

Despite his great legacy, Benjamin Wofford remains something of a mystery. Later, he sold sixty acres along the Tyger River to the South Carolina Manufactory for another early textile factory. Benjamin Wofford Despite his great legacy, Benjamin Wofford remains something of a mystery. As a large landowner, he could influence the type of development that occurred in his part of the county.

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He was appointed to serve the Reedy River Circuit in southern Greenville County forand at the conference, was ordained an elder in the Methodist Church. Martha Llewellyn was a religious woman, but her husband was not. Benjamin Wofford has been the subject of numerous talks and articles over the years.