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Henry Elias Fries Papers

Identifier: DC0029s

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of manuscript copies of 4 letters and photocopies of 22 letters written by Fries (1874-1876) and speeches given to the Philanthropic Society as vice-president and president in 1877. The letters discuss college life and Davidson faculty. The location of the original letters for the photocopies in unknown.


  • Creation: 1874 - 1877


Biographical / Historical

Henry Elias Fries was a member of the Davidson College class of 1878. While a student, he was a member of the Philanthropic Society and was a co-founder of Societas Fratrum. He served in the North Carolina General Assembly in 1887 and as mayor of Salem for three terms. He was a member of the Davidson College Board of Trustees from 1886 to 1891 and helped organize the North Carolina College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts. He founded the Fries Manufacturing and Power Company and later operated an electric streetcar system.


3 folders (3 folders)



Physical Location

Single Manuscript Box 1 - A1.1

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Mrs. A Shelbourne Johnson

Processing Information

Processed on Aug-94

Henry Elias Fries Papers
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Repository Details

Part of the Manuscript Collections Repository