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Re: Draughn's Business College
Posted by: Sheila Kell (ID *****3637) Date: July 16, 2005 at 06:18:30
In Reply to: Re: Draughn's Business College by Esther Draughn Johnson of 285

Here is what I have, it is on line as the College is still in existance. My relative was the last wife of John Franklin Draughon. They were married in 1918 and he died in 1921. I not found who his parents were as of yet. I do have a picture of him and one of their wedding announcements.


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In 1879, Professor John F. Draughon realized the need for business-trained people. With very little capital, a horse, a wagon and the teaching materials that were available at that time, he founded Draughon’s Practical Business College on wheels. He made a monthly circuit of towns in Northern Middle Tennessee and Southern Kentucky for several years before opening his permanent school in Nashville.

From this humble beginning of his business college on wheels, he started one of the largest chains of business colleges in the nation. His business schools were located in practically every Southern and Western state, including the Oklahoma territory and the Indian territory. At the time of his death in 1921, 38 business schools bore his name. He also established the Draughon’s Textbook Publishing Company in Nashville, which published all textbooks used in his schools, with the exception of shorthand.

After Professor Draughon’s death in 1921, many of the business schools he established merged with other schools or went out of business. Draughon’s Business College in Nashville survived the depression and World War II. After the war, under new management, Draughon's Business College again assumed its role in the community to train secretaries, accountants and other qualified business personnel.

In 1954, the School was accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Business Schools, which was recognized by the United States Office of Education as the accrediting agency for this type of school. In 1978, Draughons was accredited as a junior college of business by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools.

Draughons Junior College has grown to include campuses in Clarksville, Tennessee, which opened in 1987; Bowling Green, KY, which opened in 1988; and Murfreesboro, TN, which opened in 2003.




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