|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