Historic Markers Across South Carolina

James Henry Carlisle

Marker ID: SCHM 20-3
Location: 201 East Washington Street, Winnsboro
County: Fairfield
Coordinates: N 34° 22.857    W 081° 5.07
  34.38095    -81.0845
Style: Free Standing **


James Henry Carlisle, educator, humanitarian, religious leader, and college president, believed that: "The student ought to be educated not simply or chiefly because he intends to be a farmer, lawyer, or statesman, but because he is a human being with capacities, and powers, with inlets of joy, with possibilities of effort and action, which no trade or calling can satisfy or exhaust."

Born in this house on May 24, 1825, the son of William and Mary Ann Carlisle, this noted teacher received his education at Mount Zion Institute and South Carolina College. A delegate in 1860 to the Secession Convention and a legislator in 1864, his greatest service was as the third president of Wofford College from 1875 to 1902, where he had taught since 1853. He died October 21, 1909.

Erected by Fairfield County Historical Society - 1965