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October 1, 1856
Benjamin S. Hedrick, professor of chemistry applied to agriculture and the arts, was attacked in a Raleigh newspaper for his support of Republican presidential candidate John C. Fremont. Following the incident and the subsequent controversy, the University dismissed Hedrick, making him the only faculty member to have been fired because of his political beliefs.
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November 17, 1856
Francis Preston Venable was born in Prince Edward County, Virginia, at his family's ancestral home, Longwood (now the president's house at Longwood College). Initially a professor of chemistry at the University, he served as its president from 1900 to 1913.
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