Papers of President William M. Wightman
Wightman, William May, 1808-1882
[some ephemera extending to 1990s]
.7 cubic feet in 2 boxes
Biographical note: William May Wightman, 1808-1882, was the first chairman of Wofford College Board of Trustees and the first president of Wofford College, 1853-1859. From 1866 to 1882, he was a bishop in the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. Born in Charleston, SC to William and Matilda Williams Wightman, he graduated in 1827 from the College of Charleston and was admitted to membership in the South Carolina Annual Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church in 1828. He served six years in South Carolina churches, was the financial agent of and a professor in Randolph-Macon College for five years, was the presiding elder of the Cokesbury District, editor of the Southern Christian Advocate, and a regular delegate to Methodist General Conferences. Named in Benjamin Wofford’s will as a trustee of the college that bore his name, Wightman served on the building committee, chaired the board of trustees, and on November 24, 1853, was elected the first president of the college. He served as president for five years, resigning in 1859 to become president of Southern University in Greensboro, AL, which later became Birmingham-Southern College. He was elected a bishop in the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, in 1866, and made his headquarters in Charleston. He died on February 15, 1882 in Charleston and is buried in Magnolia Cemetery there. Click here for a biography of William M. Wightman
Organization: Organized into 3 subgroups: 1. biographical material; 2. speeches, lectures, and letters; 3. Sermons.
Summary Note: The records consist largely of lectures, addresses, and sermons. Lectures and addresses are arranged by topic, while sermons are arranged both chronologically and by text or topic. Most of the sermons are in box two, and their arrangement reflects an earlier arrangement by College Archivist Herbert Hucks, Jr. The speeches are arranged by subject, and the correspondence is arranged chronologically. There are folders of genealogical information and of pictures, and one folder contains information about the Thomas Wightman portrait of his brother, William Wightman.
Citation: Cite as Papers of William May Wightman, archives, Sandor Teszler Library, Wofford College.
Location: Archives, Sandor Teszler Library, Wofford College, Spartanburg, SC 29303-366
Accession note: Most of the records were bequeathed by Miss May Wightman, daughter of Bishop Wightman, to John Wesley United Methodist Church in Charleston. The church then presented the books, papers, correspondence, and sermons to the Wofford College Library. A few other items, bequeathed to Bishop Wightman’s great nephew, Wightman Hardin, of Macon, Mississippi, were given by Mr. Hardin to the College.
Arranged previously by Herbert Hucks, arrangement revised on December 11, 2002 by Phillip Stone
Finding Aid: Folder Listing
Wightman, William May, biographical
Wightman, William May, obituaries
“Eternal Life, a discourse…” by Rev. E. J. Meynardie
Wightman, John Pinckney, A Sketch of the Wightmans of Charleston, SC
Wightman, Genealogical Data
Wightman, William M., Biographical Sketch, n.d.
Wightman, William M., Pictures
Wightman, William M., Valedictory Address, College of Charleston, 1827
Wightman, William M., Address at the Cornerstone Laying, July 4, 1851, newspaper copy
Wightman, William M., Address at the first Commencement, typescript and manuscript
Wightman, William M., Address on Temperance
Wightman, William M., “The Times Passing Over Us” (Civil War)
Wightman, William M., Addresses, Sunday School and Mutual Improvement Society, 4 addresses
“Our Dead Bishops” Portraits and Sermons by Doggett and Wightman
Wightman, William M., Addresses, YMCA and Vanderbilt
Wightman, William M., Lectures on Poetry
Wightman, William M., Lecture on Church Life
Wightman, William M., Letters, 12
Wightman, William M., Letters received, 5
Wightman, William M., Conference Missionary Society Report, 1847
Wightman, William M., Conference Board of Education Reports, 1855-56
Accession Letters for Wightman papers
Note about teacup and saucer
Chronologically, 5 folders
By book of the Bible, 30 folders
By other topics, 15 folders
Elysium, an Entertaining and Moral Life, by William M. Wightman, manuscript.
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