Huntingdon College

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MottoEnter to Grow in Wisdom, Go Forth to Apply Wisdom in Service.
Headquartersn Montgomery, Alabama, USA
TypePrivate college
Alabama college

Huntingdon College is a private Methodist liberal arts college in Montgomery, Alabama. It was founded in 1854 as a women's college.


Huntingdon College was chartered on February 2, 1854, as "Tuskegee Female College" by the Alabama State Legislature and Governor John A. Winston. The first president was Andrew Adgate Lipscomb. Dr. Lipscomb laid the foundation of the college as a teaching college rather than a research institution.

In 1872 the name was changed to "Alabama Conference Female College," as the college came under the auspices of the Methodist Episcopal Church. As the college and the South struggled to rebuild following the Civil War, college leaders believed they needed to relocate the institution to a more populous city, and they chose the state's capital, Montgomery.

The college admitted its first male students in the aftermath of World War I, graduating the first male student in 1934. Realizing that the name Woman's College of Alabama no longer fit its student body, the college was renamed in 1935 as Huntingdon College, in honor of Selina, Countess of Huntingdon, a notable supporter of John Wesley and of Methodism.


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