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Maxcy College

1931; Residence Hall

Maxcy was part of an extensive building program on campus launched in the late 1930s as part of the New Deal. Originally planned as a student union building, Maxcy College and new wings at Thornwell College were erected at a cost of $225,000, a portion of which was paid for by the Public Works Administration. For some years the building housed administrative offices.

The building was named for The Reverend Jonathan Maxcy (1768-1820), first president of South Carolina College. Hollis says of Maxcy's tenure, "Even the question of curriculum, college organization and the repair and maintenance of the plant paled into insignificance when compared with the problem of discipline. From 1806 until his death in 1820, the first president was given little respite from this omnipresent nightmare." It was Jonathan Maxcy who first suggested that a wall be built around the campus to restrict the students. Disciplinary problems persisted to the point that at one time the Board of Trustees asked Maxcy to show cause why he should not be removed from office. However, Maxcy successfully guided the College through its formative years so that at the time of his death it was a firmly established institution.

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