The founder of Wofford College was Benjamin Wofford. We all know that. But what many people don’t know is that there were a lot of men named Benjamin Wofford. Founder Ben had an uncle named Benjamin Wofford – known in the family as the rich Tory, and he also had nephews named Benjamin Wofford.
One of those nephews, Dr. Benjamin Wofford, was an early trustee of his uncle’s college. Some years ago, my predecessor, Herbert Hucks, attempted to collect as many trustee photos as he could. Looking in the files today, I found this photo of trustee Dr. Benjamin Wofford.
This Benjamin Wofford, the son of Joseph Llewellyn Wofford, was born on January 19, 1819. He graduated from the Medical College in Augusta, GA and was named by his uncle Benjamin Wofford as a temporary trustee of the college in his will. In 1877, he was elected to the Board of Trustees, where he served until 1891. When he died on Easter Sunday, March 25, 1894, the college bell tolled 75 times for him. The student body escorted his coffin to the funeral at Central Methodist Church.
The Wofford practice of naming children after brothers means that a lot of people claim descent from “Benjamin Wofford” – though founder Ben had no children.