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The Adlai C. Holler Papers

A few months back, I wrote about what we do with all of the papers we get in the conference archives.  This month, I want to write about what we did with one particular collection that we received a few years ago. It took over a year, but the Rev. Luther Rickenbaker, who is the […]

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Bishop William Wallace Duncan

This article appeared in the April edition of the SC United Methodist Advocate. One of South Carolina’s contributions to the Methodist episcopacy, William Wallace Duncan spent much of his life serving the Methodist Church. When his father, David Duncan, joined the original Wofford College faculty in 1854, the 15-year old future bishop transferred from Randolph-Macon […]

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The Class of 1963

Each year for the past decade, our fifty-year class returns and escorts the graduating class to the Commencement exercises.  Here are a few thoughts about life at Wofford during the Class of 1963’s years here. Wofford opened the 1962-63 school year with the largest enrollment in its history – 833 students were enrolled.  569 were […]

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Albert Outler: From Wofford to the Wesleyan Quadrilateral

Many Wofford alumni may have never heard of Dr. Albert C. Outler, but he was one of the most influential Wofford alums in modern Methodist history. Born in Thomasville, Georgia, Dr. Outler was the son of a Methodist minister and district superintendent in the South Georgia Conference.  He came to Wofford in 1925 and was […]

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C. Edward Coffey: Wofford’s fifth Rhodes scholar

Until last November, C. Edward Coffey was Wofford’s most recently-named Rhodes Scholar. A gap of some twenty-five years came between John Q. Hill’s election in 1948 and C. Edward Coffey’s election in 1973. Eddie Coffey came to Wofford in 1970 from Little River, SC, which is near the coast.  He came with the intent of […]

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Edwin Fountain Moseley, Wofford’s third Rhodes Scholar

Like his two predecessors who earned Rhodes scholarships, Edwin Moseley was a highly-involved student while at Wofford. Moseley, from Laurens, SC, came to Wofford in 1912.  He joined the Preston Literary Society, as all students were expected to be in one of the societies.  He served in various offices and as a monthly speaker in […]

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J. Lyles Glenn, Wofford’s second Rhodes Scholar

John Lyles Glenn, Jr was a highly-accomplished student at Wofford, involved in student government, athletics, oratory, and other campus activities.  It’s probably not surprising, then, that the Chester native was Wofford’s second Rhodes Scholar. Glenn came to Wofford in the fall of 1908 at age 16, but even at that young age, he was the […]

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Wofford’s first Rhodes Scholar, John L. Hydrick

For all of my years at Wofford, in recounting some of the noteworthy facts about alumni, I’ve always mentioned that we have had five Rhodes Scholars. Now, with Rachel Woodlee’s election last month, I get to amend that one to six. But what about those first five?  Three of them came very quickly after the […]

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Where are all the Chi Phi brothers?

Would all of the alums who are members of Chi Phi please stand up. Silence. Oh, that’s right, that fraternity hasn’t existed at Wofford for over 100 years.  What happened to it? Chi Phi was the third fraternity to be established at Wofford, after Kappa Alpha and Chi Psi.  These first two got started in 1869, and […]

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“Uncle Gus” Gamewell and his 65 years of service

It’s hard to believe someone could serve on the faculty for 65 years, but we had one professor who did just that. Joseph Augustus Gamewell was born in January 1850, the same year that Benjamin Wofford died.  He was probably pre-destined to enroll at Wofford, as his father and grandfather were both Methodist ministers in […]

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