Josephus Hopwood, c. 1903
In the early 1870s, Josephus Hopwood attended the College of the Bible at Kentucky University, where he studied under Robert Milligan and J. W. McGarvey. Both Milligan and McGarvey were prominent Disciples of Christ leaders of the Stone-Campbell Movement. Josephus and his wife Sarah Eleanor LaRue Hopwood were married on August 19, 1874 in the Antioch Christian Church in Oldham County, Kentucky.In August 1875, Josephus and Sarah Hopwood arrived in Carter County, Tennessee, at the Buffalo Male and Female Institute (now Milligan College), where they worked as administrators.On Thursday, April 21, 1881, a cornerstone for a new building (an addition to the existing Buffalo Institute) was laid. It was at this ceremony that Josephus Hopwood announced that the new building would be named Milligan College, after his beloved professor, Robert Milligan.