The Neill Macaulay Foundation


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Neill Macaulay (1854-1916), an intelligent man of academic bent and unusual education for his time and region, was the son of Neill Macaulay, a well-to-do business man of Iredell County, North Carolina.  After attending Davidson College of 1870, he then transferred to Erskine College in Due West, South Carolina.  He stayed in upper South Carolina, after graduation, as a teacher, founding, in the custom of the times, his own academy.  The Davidson College Semi-Centennial Catalogue of 1891 lists him as "Founder of McAulay's High School, Seneca, South Carolina."
 
He had ten children, and the family eventually made their home in Walhalla, where Mr. Macaulay had been Commissioner of Education, 1888-92, and where he became editor of his own newspaper, “The Oconee News”.  Considered a profound thinker for the time and vicinity, he was sought after particularly for rhetorical speeches to ornament civic, church and patriotic occasions.  He died in 1916 during World War I as his era was ending.
 
Neill Macaulay (1854-1916) was a consistent Christian (his brother was a Presbyterian minister), a believer in democracy (he brought mountain children into his home to educate), and a 19th century gentleman (old ladies in 1955 remembered fondly the gravity and courtesy of his grand manner).  Though he lived through the days of reconstruction and post-bellum poverty, he taught his family that what a family is, is more important than what it has.  It is to his credit that he maintained and inculcated these views at a time of social disintegration and collapse that involved increased emotionalism, commercialism and a coarser fabric in American life.
 
In this tradition, the Neill Macaulay Foundation, Inc. seeks to promote a sense of personal integrity through religious education.
 
Neill Macaulay Foundation
Veranda House, 808 Monck St.
Brunswick, Georgia 31520

 

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