Vanderbilt University, a private 4-year school is located in Nashville, TN. Founded in 1873 using a philanthropic gift from railroad magnate Cornelius Vanderbilt, the campus sits on 330 acres just minutes from downtown. Vanderbilt was founded amidst southern reconstruction and was under the control of the General Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. These ties were severed in 1914. Even though the campus is centrally located in metropolitan Nashville, the campus home to more than 300 tree and shrub varieties and was designated an arboretum in 1988. One tree, referred to as the Bicentennial Oak, is certified to have lived during the American Revolution and is the oldest living thing on the campus. Among the many notable alumni are politician Lamar Alexander, former Vice President Al Gore and NFL Quarterback Jay Cutler.