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The city of Clemson, South Carolina is co-located in Pickens and Anderson Counties and is home to the famous Clemson University which was established in 1889. The original name of the city was Calhoun until 1943 when it was given its current name. Fort Hill Plantation was a large estate which John C. Calhoun’s wife Floride inherited from her mother in 1836. Their daughter Anna Maria Calhoun, who married Thomas Green Clemson, inherited the land from her parents when they died and after her death in 1875, Thomas inherited the plantation. Anna Marie had always wanted to build an agricultural college, and honoring that wish, when Thomas died in 1888, he left the land with the express instructions to build what is now known as Clemson University.

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