In honor of William H. McGuffey

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Tree species:
Fraxinus americana biltmoreana
Common name:
Biltmore Ash
Pavilion Garden IX
Date planted:
1836 (replaced 1996)

William McGuffey, an ordained minister in Bethel Chapel of the Presbyterian Church in Ohio, accepted the invitation to become the Chair of Moral Philosophy at the University of Virginia in 1845. McGuffey's appointment was significant since he was the first minister to hold a position on the faculty of the University. He was the author of the well-known 19th century McGuffey Eclectic Readers. The original McGuffey ash died in 1990, and the present ash is a graft of its parent. The original tree was planted in 1826.


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