Westminster College

By: David Minor

Type: General Entry

Published: 1976

Updated: January 1, 1996

Westminster College was located in the rural Collin County community of Westminster, seventeen miles northeast of McKinney. Classes were first held in the frame building that once housed Seven Points College, begun by Rev. J. M. Harder in 1888 with the financial support of the Seven Points community. In 1893 Harder sold the building to I. P. Rosser. Two years later Rosser sold the lot to the Methodist Protestant Church, which renamed the school Westminster after Westminster, Maryland, a stronghold of Methodism in a historically Catholic state. Subsequently the town changed its name to Westminster. The college, chartered in 1895, was a preparatory school for Methodist Protestant ministers. In 1902 the Methodist Protestant Church outgrew the facilities in Westminster and moved the college to Tehuacana in northeastern Limestone County, where it continued as a junior college affiliated with Southwestern University until 1950. When the junior college closed that year, its property was sold to the Congregational Methodist Church, which opened another junior college there, the Westminster Junior College and Bible Institute.

Dallas Morning News, September 3, 1939. Roy Franklin Hall and Helen Gibbard Hall, Collin County: Pioneering in North Texas (Quanah, Texas: Nortex, 1975). J. Lee and Lillian J. Stambaugh, A History of Collin County (Austin: Texas State Historical Association, 1958).
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January 1, 1996