Joseph Caldwell

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Joseph Caldwell
Joseph Caldwell.jpg
Portrait of Caldwell.
Born (1773-04-21)April 21, 1773
Lamington, New Jersey
Died January 27, 1835(1835-01-27) (aged 61)
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Nationality American
Alma mater Princeton University
Occupation Educator, Religious Minister
Known for 1st President of the University of North Carolina
Term 1796-1797 (presiding professor)
1799-1804 (presiding professor)
Predecessor Charles Wilson Harris
James Smiley Gillaspie
Successor James Smiley Gillaspie
Robert Hett Chapman
David Lowry Swain
Spouse(s) Susan Rowan
Helen Hogg Hooper

Joseph Caldwell (April 21, 1773 – January 27, 1835) was a U.S. educator, Presbyterian minister, and mathematician. He was the first president of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, holding the office from 1804 until 1812, and from 1816 until his death in 1835. He was born in Lamington, New Jersey.

Caldwell County, North Carolina is named for him.

In October, 2013 the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill hosted a display to commemorate the role of Masons in the establishment of the first public university in the United States. Among items on display were the 18th- and 19th-century papers from Eagle Lodge No. 19 in Hillsborough documenting the applications, or “petitions,” of UNC’s first President Joseph Caldwell to receive the first and second degrees of Masonry.[1]


  1. ^ . University of North Carolina Library. October 2013  Missing or empty |title= (help)

External links[edit]