1820 – 1825
David Sherman Presidency
When East Tennessee College reopened in 1820, its new president (UT’s second president) was David Sherman, formerly principal of Hampden-Sydney Academy (a struggling Knoxville preparatory school which now merged with East Tennessee College). Sherman was a New Englander and a graduate of Yale College. Strict laws concerning church attendance, absences, damages, and misdemeanors and crimes were adopted during his administration. Sherman, whose salary was $900, resigned in 1825 due to poor health although he later became president of Jackson College in Columbia, Tennessee. Sherman’s departure would have left East Tennessee College without a library, but the school’s trustees purchased his books for $161.63. Sherman had allowed the students to use his own volumes during his presidency.