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Thomas S. Gathright takes charge of new A&M College

October 4th, 1876

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On this day in 1876, on the recommendation of former Confederate president Jefferson Davis, Thomas S. Gathright became the first president of the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas (the future Texas A&M University). On the same day, the initial class of 106 students began to attend classes. In the fall of 2017, with 68,625 students, Texas A&M University was the largest university in Texas and one of the largest in the nation.

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