Louisiana General Assembly passes legislation for state institution
of higher education, creating the Seminary of Learning of the State of
Louisiana (l'Universite' de l'Etat de la Louisiane).
(November) The institution's main building is completed near Pineville,
Louisiana. Col. W.T. Sherman accepts position as superintendent.
(January 2) Seminary opens with five professors and 19 cadets (total would
eventually be 73).
(March) Name changed to Louisiana State Seminary of Learning & Military
Academy (le Lycee Scientifique et Militaire de l'Etat de la Louisiane).
General Assembly agreed to support as many as 150 cadets with scholarships
for boarding expenses. These cadets were referred to as "beneficiary"
(January) State militia takes control of the federal garrison known
as the Baton Rouge Arsenal. Only later would Louisiana officially secede
from the Union. Col. Sherman resigns.
(April) Student and faculty begin resigning in order to enlist in the
(June 31) Seminary closes.
(April 1) Seminary reopens under the Rev. W.E.M. Linfield as acting
(April 1) Prof. William A. Seay becomes superintendent.
(April 23) Seminary closes after invasion of Red River Valley by federal
forces under Gen. Banks. Military equipment donated to the Confederate
Army, but library and other items destroyed by order of Gen. T. Kilby
Smith of the U.S. Army. Structure saved thanks to Gen. W.T. Sherman.
(April) The Civil War ends.
(October 2) Seminary reopens and Col. David F. Boyd is superintendent.
(October 15) Pineville campus building burns.
(November 1) Classes resume in Baton Rouge at Institute for the Deaf,
Dumb, and Blind.
(March) Seminary changes official title to The Louisiana State University
(l'Universite' de l'Etat de la Louisiane).
The Reveille is first published but has no regular schedule.
Last class to graduate until after Reconstruction. Five classes had graduated
up to this point.
Supervisors passed an executive motion to place "beneficiary"
cadets on "indefinite leave" when the state failed to appropriate
funds for their scholarships. Enrollment after dismissal: 45. Only three
Louisiana State Agricultural & Mechanical College is opened and domiciled
at the University of Louisiana (New Orleans) while waiting to occupy the
Title change of A&M college to Louisiana A&M College. The institution
is racially integrated at the Chalmette campus.
Acts 103 and 145 of 1876 combine LSU and Louisiana A&M College.
(June) Merger of LSU and Louisiana A&M College prompts the final title
change to Louisiana State University and A&M College. LSU becomes
a land-grant institution.
(October 5) Classes resume.
Title of superintendent changes to president.
City of Baton Rouge offers land for dairy farm (Perkins Road).
David F. Boyd resigns. Gov. Wiltz appoints a new faculty and Col. William
Preston Johnson appointed president.
LSU confers bachelor degrees for the first time since 1874.
Col. Johnson resigns and James W. Nicholson is appointed president.
J. Nicholson returns to teaching and resigns position. David F. Boyd returns
from Alabama A&M and assumes presidency.
W.C. Stubbs hired from Alabama A&M to begin experimental sugar station
(September) Department of the Interior transfers title of Baton Rouge
Arsenal to the state.
D.F. Boyd conducts repairs on new campus without reimbursement from the
Board of Supervisors and resigns to teach. LSU moves to new campus. Thomas
D. Boyd is named interim president and withdraws his name so that David
may be rehired. "Beneficiary" cadet program reinstated.
James W. Nicholson renamed president.
The Boyd brothers depart: Thomas to the State Normal School (Natchitoches);
LSU plays first football game, a 34-0 loss to Tulane.
James W. Nicholson resigns. Thomas D. Boyd returns as president. LSU adopts
the tiger as the official mascot.
Audubon Sugar School transferred to LSU, requiring two years of study
in Baton Rouge and two years of work in New Orleans.
(January 14) First issue of the new, permanent Reveille printed.
Col. David F. Boyd dies.
First edition of The Gumbo (the University yearbook) published.
LSU gets title to the Pentagon Barracks and campus for educational use
Olivia Davis transfers to LSU to become its first female student, she
graduates in 1905.
First women (17) enroll as freshmen, among them Annie Boyd, Col. Boyd's
Law school opens.
Formation of the Colleges of Agriculture, Arts & Sciences, Engineering,
Graduate department opens.
National Defense Act passes requiring military training. LSU issues the
olive drab uniform in November (uniforms would soon change to West Point
US enters World War I.
Prof. James W. Nicholson dies.
Nine LSU friends (including Deans Atkinson and Dodson) purchase Gartness
Dances at LSU banned.
(November 11) Armistice signed and Central Powers concede defeat.
Col. T. Boyd elected president of Association of State Universities.
Col. T. Boyd elected president of Association of Land Grant Colleges.
Board of Supervisors choose Olmsted Brothers' campus plan, but later (c.
1923) accept Theodore Link's plan. Construction of present buildings begins.
(November 1) Col. Thomas D. Boyd offers resignation at age 70, but the
death of Link prevents Boyd from leaving. Wogan & Bernard finish the
late Theodore Link's plan.
LSU receives first live mascot named "Little-Eat-'Em-Up" as
a gift from an alumni in South America. The tiger was a black bobtailed
tiger. He was quickly deposed after the football season for "failure
(Thanksgiving Day) Tulane vs. LSU was first game on new campus at the
temporarily named Tiger Stadium, a name it still retains. LSU lost.
Division of Continuing Education opens.
(September 23) Students enroll on the new (present) campus (1,712 students).
Dances allowed again.
(April 30) Present campus is dedicated.
(June) Col. T.D. Boyd offers resignation.
Campbell Hodges chosen as president, but Dean Thomas W. Atkinson retained
pro term status.
LSU receives Class A accreditation by the Association of American Universities.
Huey Long elected governor.
College of Business Administration is formed.
(June) Board of Supervisors terminates Gen. C. Hodges for failure to appear.
Atkinson is appointed president.
Student body adopts alma mater still in use today.
(June 1) Whangdoodle published, openly criticizes faculty. Pres.
Atkinson expels editor K.K. Kennedy one week shy of graduation from law
Gov. Long begins interfering in LSU affairs. Gov. Long increases band
from 28 to 125 pieces.
(November 5) Atkinson resigns due to failing health.
(November 17) Board meeting held at the Executive Mansion votes James
Monroe Smith from SLI (Lafayette) into presidency.
LSU School of Medicine (New Orleans) opens down the street from Tulane
Establishment of Graduate School of Library Science, College of Chemistry
& Physics, and School of Music.
Col. Thomas D. Boyd dies and is buried at Magnolia Cemetery.
Junior Division (the underclassman college) opens.
The Northeast Center established in Monroe. It is the first branch school
(December) The Reveille Seven expelled for exposing Sen. Long's
censorship of the paper at "his" school.
LSU Press founded.
Graduate School created (replaces Graduate department)
(July) The Southern Review first published.
(September 8) US Sen. Huey Long is shot by Dr. Weiss and subsequently
dies on September 10.
Mike I (formerly known as Sheik) arrives by rail from the Little Rock
Zoo. Students block-off campus; classes canceled.
School of Social Welfare opens.
President Smith resigns due to scandal.
(June 27) Paul Hebert assumes interim presidency.
Lake Charles Junior College opens under LSU direction (name changes in
1940 to John McNeese Junior College) with Dean Joe Farrar as head.
Gen. Campbell Hodges named president, again, and appears for service.
US enters World War II.
LSU Band invites first coed member.
Gen. Campbell Hodges resigns. William B. Hatcher assumes presidency.
World War II ends and GIs return to take advantage of Montgomery GI Bill
Pres. Hatcher dies, Fred C. Frey acts in presidential capacity until Dr.
Harold W. Stoke is finally appointed president.
Former Prof. Robert Penn Warren wins Pulitzer Prize for his novel, All
the King's Men.
(September) Francis T. Nicholls Junior College opens in Thibodaux under
Dean Charles Elkins.
McNeese Junior College gains autonomy as a four-year institution.
LSU Board of Education enrolls black students into graduate program.
Dr. Stoke steps down and Gen. Troy H. Middleton is appointed president.
University College is formed.
A.P. Tureaud, Jr., LSU's first black undergraduate student, was admitted
under court order to the 3-2 undergraduate pre-law and law degree program,
which was unique to LSU. He transfers before the end of the fall term.
Brown vs. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas, strikes down racial
segregation in public schools.
Legislature approves LSU branch in New Orleans.
(June 29) Mike I dies. Mike II ascends to the throne after February birth
in New Orleans Zoo.
Nichols State separates from LSU.
(November) LSU leases vacated Naval Air Station (New Orleans) from Orleans
Parish Levee Board.
(February 1) Board of Supervisors approve the official seal of a mother
pelican with three young.
(May) Mike II dies of pneumonia. Mike III, from Seattle Zoo, ascends to
(September) Classes begin at LSU-New Orleans under Dean Homer Hitt.
LSU-Alexandria opens on land deeded in 1945.
Gen. Middleton resigns and John A. Hunter is named president.
(June) Six black students enroll in undergraduate studies.
(February 6) By act of Legislature, LSU System established, Hunter becomes
president of the LSU System.
Cecil Grady Taylor becomes first chancellor of LSU (main campus in Baton
Rouge). School of Environmental Design is formed.
The Sea Grant Program is passed by the US Congress.
LSU-Eunice opens under Dean Anthony Mumphrey.
LSU-Shreveport opens under Dean Donald Shipp.
School of Veterinary Medicine opens.
LSU School of Medicine (Shreveport) opens.
Graduate School of Education opens.
Professor T. Harry Williams wins the Pulitzer Prize for his biography
John Hunter resigns as president of the LSU System and Martin Woodin accepts
Center for Agricultural Sciences & Rural Development established.
Chancellor Taylor resigns and Paul W. Murrill becomes chancellor.
New state constitution officially creates the LSU System.
(August 12) Mike III dies. Mike IV (b. May 15, 1974) ascends to the LSU
throne from his home in Busch Gardens of Tampa, Florida.
Hebert Law Center becomes an autonomous unit in the LSU System.
First class graduates from the School of Veterinary Medicine.
LSU becomes the 13th university to be named a sea-grant institution. (LSU
is one of 25 universities to have land- and sea-grant status.)
Law School changes name to Paul M. Hebert Law Center.
(January) Chancellor Murrill resigns and Otis B. Wheeler is named acting
(June) James H. Wharton becomes chancellor.
John Kennedy Toole posthumously wins the Pulitzer Prize for his fictional
work, A Confederacy of Dunces. (The book was published by LSU Press
in April 1980.)
Center for Agricultural Sciences & Rural Development changes title
to LSU Agricultural Center.
(March 16) Allen A. Copping becomes third president of the LSU System.
LSU is ranked a Research I institute by the Carnegie Foundation.
Chancellor Wharton resigns.
(Jan. 4) LSU-Shreveport Chancellor E. Grady Bogue becomes interim chancellor
of LSU-Baton Rouge.
(July) Williams E. "Bud" Davis becomes chancellor.
(April) Mike IV retires for health reasons to the Baton Rouge Zoo. Mike
V (b. Oct. 18, 1989) ascends to throne April 30.
(March 3) Mike IV is put to eternal rest after 20 years and 9 months,
of which he reigned as LSU mascot for 14 years.
(November 1) Chancellor William E. Davis resigns chancellorship.
(November 9) William L. Jenkins appointed the sixth LSU chancellor.
LSU receives 114th patent.
Williams L. Jenkins resigns as LSU chancellor and is appointed president
of LSU System.
(April 16) Mark Emmert is appointed chancellor of LSU.
The LSU's baseball team and women's track and field team each captured
a national title. The women's track team earned its 12th national championship
and the baseball team won its fifth championship title.
(April 2000-April 2001) LSU's Diamond Jubilee, commemorating 75 years
on the current Baton Rouge campus.
(January) LSU Football Team wins 2004 Nokia Sugar Bowl and captures the
2003 BCS National Title.
(June) Mark Emmert resigns as LSU chancellor. William L. Jenkins appointed
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