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Asheville in Buncombe County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

David L. Swain

 
 
David L. Swain Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2010
1. David L. Swain Marker
Inscription.  Governor and political leader. President of the University of North Carolina, 1835-1868. Was born three miles E.
 
Erected 1938 by Archives and Highway Departments. (Marker Number P-5.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Education. In addition, it is included in the North Carolina Division of Archives and History series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1835.
 
Location. 35° 37.783′ N, 82° 33.159′ W. Marker is in Asheville, North Carolina, in Buncombe County. Marker is on Merrimon Avenue (U.S. 25) near Beaverdam Road (North Carolina Highway 2230). Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Asheville NC 28804, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Francis Asbury (within shouting distance of this marker); Joseph Lane (within shouting distance of this marker); The University of North Carolina at Asheville (approx. 1˝ miles away); Battle of Asheville (approx. 1˝ miles away); Buncombe Turnpike (approx. 1˝ miles away); a different marker also named
David L. Swain Marker, seen looking north along US 25, Merrimon Avenue image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, May 22, 2010
2. David L. Swain Marker, seen looking north along US 25, Merrimon Avenue
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Battle of Asheville (approx. 1˝ miles away); Zelda Fitzgerald (approx. 1˝ miles away); Kiffin Y. Rockwell (approx. 1˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Asheville.
 
Regarding David L. Swain. Though the state experienced severe hardships during the Civil War, Swain managed to keep the University open. As Sherman’s army approached Raleigh in the spring of 1865, Swain played a role in surrendering the state capital and in securing assurances that the University would not be harmed. He remained as University president until July 1868, when he and his entire faculty were removed by the new board of trustees. Swain died on August 29, 1868, as the result of a buggy accident. Initially buried at his Chapel Hill home, he was later reinterred in Raleigh’s Oakwood Cemetery.
(N.C. Dept. of Cultural Resources)
 
Also see . . .
1. Ella Swain Married a Union General. (Submitted on May 30, 2010, by Caswell County Historical Association of Yanceyville, North Carolina.)
2. North Carolina Office of Governor - Governors of North Carolina - David Lowry Swain. (Submitted on May 19, 2011, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.)
 
David L. Swain image. Click for full size.
North Carolina Office of Archives & History — Department of Cultural Resources
3. David L. Swain
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 28, 2019. It was originally submitted on May 29, 2010, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 885 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on May 29, 2010, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.

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