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O. P. Temple Honorary Degrees

 Collection
Identifier: MS-0114

This collection houses two diplomas documenting honorary LLDs awarded to O. P. Temple. One was issued by Washington College on May 3, 1899 and the other by the University of Harriman on September 4, 1902.

Dates

  • 1899 May 3, 1902 September 4

Conditions Governing Access

Collections are stored offsite, and a minimum of 2 business days are needed to retrieve these items for use. Researchers interested in consulting any of the collections are advised to contact Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in this collection remain with the creator. For more information, contact Special Collections.

Extent

0.1 Linear Feet (1 oversize folder)

Abstract

This collection houses two diplomas documenting honorary LLDs awarded to O. P. Temple. One was issued by Washington College on May 3, 1899 and the other by the University of Harriman on September 4, 1902.

Biographical/Historical Note

Oliver Perry Temple was born on January 27, 1820 to James and Mary Craig Temple near Greeneville (Greene County) Tennessee. He graduated from Washington College in 1844 and studied law under Judge Robert McKinney before being admitted to the Bar in 1846. After an unsuccessful run for Congress in 1847, Temple moved to Knoxville, Tennessee. In 1850, President Millard Fillmore appointed him to serve on a commission to conciliate Native American tribes in New Mexico, Arizona, and California. After his return to Knoxville in about 1851, Temple married Scotia Caledonia Hume (1832-1889). The couple had one daughter, Mary Boyce Temple.

When the Civil War broke out, Temple remained loyal to the Union and worked tirelessly in aid of East Tennessee Unionists and the East Tennessee Relief Association. In later years, he organized the East Tennessee Farmer's Convention, was appointed Chancellor of Tennessee's 8th district (1866-1878), and served as a trustee for East Tennessee University. He was convinced of East Tennessee's economic potential and advocated regional development in addition to supporting higher education.

Temple retired from law in 1881 and served as Knoxville's postmaster from 1881 to 1885. After his full retirement, he wrote and published a number of books, including The Covenanter, the Cavalier and the Puritan (1897), East Tennessee and the Civil War (1899), and Union Leaders of East Tennessee (1903). He died in Knoxville on November 2, 1907.

Arrangement

This collection consists of a single folder.

Acquisition Note

Mary Boyce Temple donated these documents to Special Collections.

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

Contact:
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA
865-974-4480