University President David Lowry Swain Born 212 Years Ago Today


David Lowry Swain, university president from 1835 to 1868 (and North Carolina governor from 1832 to 1835) was born on this day back in 1801 in Buncombe County near Asheville. Swain worked to grow the university from 89 students to more than 450. He oversaw the construction of Smith Hall (now Playmakers Theater), New East, and New West, and was able to keep the university open during the Civil War, when funding and students became scarce, graduating only three students in 1866. He died August 27, 1868.

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