History Hour: The Consequential Life of David Swain

  • August 12, 2023 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
  • Reuter Center - UNCA/OLLI

    300 Campus View Road
    Asheville, North Carolina 28804
Ticket Price $0.00-$10.00 This event is now over

Join the Asheville Museum of History Saturday, August 12 at 10am for this special hybrid event. We will come to you live and in-person from the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UNCA and via Zoom livestream. The program will be recorded as well. Coffee and refreshments will be provided. 

In 1832 the North Carolina General Assembly elected David Lowry Swain of Buncombe County as the state's twenty-sixth governor. He was the first from western North Carolina and remains the youngest. In the context of his time he was an activist executive, prodding the state to develop its infrastructure, thereby promoting economic development, which in turn would sustain universal public education (although then for white males only). As Swain's time as governor was expiring, The University of North Carolina trustees elected him its president. He would occupy the position until shortly before his death almost thirty-three years later.

Under Swain's leadership the University would grow to be second only to Yale in student enrollment. He was largely responsible for student admissions and conduct, faculty hiring and supervision, and promoting the University to a broader public, both state and national. Join us to learn more about his life, the subject of a new biography, A Consequential Life: David Lowry Swain, Nineteenth-Century North Carolina, and Their University.

*Books will be available for purchase by cash or check*


About the Speaker:

Willis P. Whichard of Chapel Hill is a lawyer who, like his subject David Swain, has spent most of his career in public office and the academy. He is the only person in North Carolina history who has served in both the North Carolina House of Representatives and the North Carolina Senate and on both the North Carolina Court of Appeals and the North Carolina Supreme Court. Dean and Professor of Law at Campbell University from 1999-2006, he holds the A.B. and J.D. degrees from the University of North Carolina and the LL.M and S.J.D. degrees from the University of Virginia.


Tickets: $5 for AMoH and OLLI members/ $10 for General Admission. We also have no-cost, community-funded tickets available. We want our events to be accessible to as many people as possible. If you are able please consider making a donation along with your ticket purchase. These donations are placed in our Community Fund, which allows us to offer tickets at no cost to those who would not be able to attend otherwise.


Viewing: Registrants will receive a confirmation email with a Zoom link with which to view the program. It will also be recorded and later available on our website. In-person attendees do not need to take any further actions. 


(Images: The cover of Whichard’s book, courtesy UNC Press)


Date & Time

Sat, Aug 12, 2023 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Venue Details

Reuter Center - UNCA/OLLI

300 Campus View Road
Asheville, North Carolina 28804 Reuter Center - UNCA/OLLI
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