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Washington and Lee University

Washington and Lee University, at Lexington, Va. coeducational founded and opened 1749 as Augusta Academy. It was called Liberty Hall in 1776 became Liberty Hall Academy (a college) in 1782, Washington Academy (following a gift from George Washington) in 1798, Washington College in 1813 and assumed its present name in 1871. Robert E. Lee was president from 1865 to 1870, and his tomb is in the university chapel. The university's front campus is a national historic landmark. Washington and Lee is noted for its law school.

The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright © 2012, Columbia University Press. All rights reserved.

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