Lincoln Memorial University was founded in 1897 by a group of educators, including General Oliver Otis Howard who also founded Howard University in Washington, D.C.
Howard was inspired to join the group when he visited the Cumberland Gap region after the Civil War and was reminded of a discussion he had with President Lincoln during the War. The President suggested that he hoped someone would do something for the loyal people of the region after the War
On President Lincoln's birthday in 1897, Lincoln Memorial University was chartered as a living memorial to our 16th president. Since that time, LMU has sought to provide educational opportunities, development of community leadership, and the expansion of economic and social forces in Appalachia and beyond
The University strives to give students a foundation for a more productive life by upholding the principles of Abraham Lincoln's life: a dedication to individual liberty, responsibility, and improvement; a respect for citizenship; recognition of the intrinsic value of high moral and ethical standards; and a belief in a personal God
Since its founding, Lincoln Memorial University has grown from a small liberal arts institution to a nationally recognized university with nearly 5,000 students. LMU's main campus in Harrogate, Tennessee. Its law school is located in Knoxville, and it has several other extended sites in Tennessee, Kentucky, and Florida.