Regarded as one of the oldest colleges in South Carolina and the 64th oldest in the United States; Furman University is named in the honor of Richard Furman of Charleston, a notable minister and president of the first Baptist Convention in America. The institute was originally founded in 1826 as an academy and theological institute. It was chartered as a comprehensive University in 1850. Today, it stands as a private, coeducational, liberal arts institute in Greenville, South Carolina. The beautifully landscaped main campus spans an area of more than 700 acres on the outskirts of Greenville.