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    George Washington Custis Lee Diploma Signed "G.W.C. Lee" as president of Washington and Lee University. One vellum page, 13" x 11.5", June 26, 1873, "Given at Washington & Lee University" [Lexington, Virginia]. This document reports that Edwin Theodore Dumble "has completed with Distinction the Course of Study in the School of Applied Chemistry".

    Six months after surrendering at Appomattox Courthouse, Robert E. Lee began serving as president of Washington College; he served until his death in 1870. During his five years at the college, he recruited northern and southern students and transformed the college into one of the nation's leading education centers. Very soon after Lee's death in October 1870, the college's name was changed to Washington and Lee University. The general's son, George Washington Custis Lee, followed his father as the next university president, serving until 1897. Custis Lee had also been a Confederate officer during the Civil War; he was captured as a major general three days before his father surrendered at Appomattox Court House. Fine condition.


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