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President. Rev. Andrew Dousa Hepburn. Records, 1875-1884

Identifier: RG02-07

Scope and Contents

The collection consists primarily of correspondence concerning faculty positions at the college and Hepburn's resignation. Materials relating to his resignation include his original letter to the Board and responses from the Board. There is also a receipt for college expenses in 1880.


  • Creation: 1875 - 1884


Biographical / Historical

Andrew Dousa Hepburn, 1830-1921, was Davidson College's sixth president. A native of Carlisle, Pennsylvania, Hepburn attended the University of Virginia and Princeton Theological Seminary. He began teaching at the University of North Carolina in 1860 and resigned in 1867 but maintained close ties to the university. Hepburn joined the faculty of the University of Miami, Ohio in 1868 and returned to North Carolina in 1874 to teach at Davidson College. He was elected president of Davidson in 1877. During his presidency he abolished the master of arts degree and instituted curricular reform, especially in the area of language and Bible classes. Hepburn also introduced the concept of an honor code in 1880 but the system was rescinded by the trustees in 1881. Hepburn resigned his presidency in 1885 and returned to the University of Miami as a professor of English literature.


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