The winter issue of NC State magazine that will be arriving in mailboxes soon is a celebration of the university’s 125th anniversary, and we hope it offers a rich array of stories about NC State’s origins and growth.
In the issue, we took a look at that first class of 72 students who came to the North Carolina College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts in 1889. Nineteen of those men would go on to graduate four years later in 1893. Some would become engineers, work for the railroad, start their own business or even sell shoes. But one of those first freshmen and graduates carved out a very prodigious career in research here at NC State.
Charles Burgess Williams, whom we mention in the article about the first freshmen, graduated first in that class. He became a chemistry instructor at the college and later the first head of the Department of Agronomy and the first dean of agriculture. In our research, we found some interesting artifacts concerning Williams, and we weren’t able to include them all in the article.
So we’ve included them below for you to see: