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When present-day Vanderbilt University was founded in 1872 — three years before the first students enrolled in 1875 — by the Methodist Episcopal Church South, it had a different name.
What was the original name of Vanderbilt University before it was renamed in honor of philanthropist Cornelius Vanderbilt?
Central University — aka Central University of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South — was founded in 1872 as a school for, in part, the training of ministers. The church planned to open the school soon thereafter but it was delayed due to financial issues. That's when Cornelius Vanderbilt, a wealthy American businessman who made millions as a railroad and shipping tycoon, gave $1 million to endow the university.
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