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Lexington




Lexington, post village, capital of Rockbridge County, Virginia, 146 west Richmond, 188 Washington City. Situated on an elevated bank, on the west side of North river, a branch of James river. It contains a neat court house, a jail, 4 churches, 2 Presbyterian, 1 Baptist, and 1 Methodist, a military institute, Andrew Smith's Female Seminary, 11 stores, 170 dwellings, and 1,200 inhabitants. Washington College is situated here, originally endowed by the father of his country, and additionally by others. It was founded in 1812. It has a president and 5 professors, 126 alumni, 94 students, and 2,700 volumes, in its libraries. The commencement is on the last Thursday in June. 100 shares of stock of the James River Company, left by Washington to found this college, yield annually about $2,500. The Virginia Military Institute is located here, and has 3 professors, and 60 cadets. It is on the plan of the United States Military Institution, at West Point, New York.
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