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John Mathias Bernhardt Speech

Identifier: DC0280s

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of a speech given by Bernhardt to the members of Kappa Alpha fraternity on April 18, 1884. At the time of the speech. the fraternity had been on campus for four years but did not have faculty approval and met secretly.


  • Creation: 1884


Biographical / Historical

John Mathias Bernhardt was a member of the class of 1886. He attended classes from 1882 to 1884. While a student at Davidson College, he was a member of the Philanthropic Literary Society and Kappa Alpha fraternity. Before coming to Davidson, he had formed a partnership in a mercantile business which later became the Bank of Lenoir. He returned to conduct business in Lenoir, founding the Lenoir Furniture Company, which later became the Harper Furniture Company, the Bernhardt Chair Company, and the Caldwell and Northern Railroad. He died in Lenoir in 1935.


1 folders (1 folder)



Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Document given to Archives by Bernhardt's grandson, Mr G. Alex Bernhardt (1965). Accession 2005-33

Processing Information

Processed on 03/28/2005

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