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George Wilson McPhail Collection

Identifier: DC061

Scope and Contents

The files contain a copy of McPhail's Inaugural Address to the trustees of Davidson College upon receiving the office of presidency, handwritten copies of his lectures on religious topics, several miscellaneous papers, a handwritten copy of his prayer book with prayers for each hour of the day, and two folders full of handwritten copies of his sermons. McPhail had several of his sermons bound and put into volumes. His "Sermons on Important Topics" Volume I-II, VII-VIII, and X-XI were placed in an archival box with the collection. His "Notes on the History of the Church" was also placed in the box. Each of these books are handwritten. The following books that were in the collection (but not handwritten) were placed in the Davidsoniana Room cases: "The Presbyterian Faith: A Tract for the People" (by Rev. G. W. Belk), "A Commentary on the Epistle to the Romans" (by John Calvin), "A Latin Grammar for Schools and Colleges" (by Albert Harkness), "The Works of Flavius Josephus," "The Socttish Reformation: A Historical Sketch" (by Peter Lorimer), and "Loyalty of Presbyterian Principles."


  • Existence: 1815 - 1871

Biographical / Historical

The trustees elected George Wilson McPhail in October 1866 to be Davidson's fifth presdient. He had been pastor of a church in Fredericksburg, Virginia for more than ten years and, before that, president of Lafayette College in Pennsylvania. Dr. McPhail's health, always frail, gave way after signing the diplomas for the class of 1871, and he died before the commencement exercises that year. He was the first president to be buried in the college cemetery.


.84 Linear Feet (3 boxes)



Physical Location

Carrel Storage

Immediate Source of Acquisition

McGregor, William H. Davis (Clemson, SC)

Processing Information

Processed on 08-Apr-98
George Wilson McPhail Collection
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Repository Details

Part of the Manuscript Collections Repository