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The Euphradian Society, also known as ΦΑΕ (Phi Alpha Epsilon), is a literary society founded in 1806 at the University of South Carolina, then known as South Carolina College, as a result of the splitting in two of the Philomathic Society, which had been formed within weeks of the opening of the college in 1805 and included virtually all enrolled students. At what was called the Synapian Convention held in February, 1806, the members of Philomathic decided to split into separate societies, one of which became known as Euphradian, while the other became known as Clariosophic.[1] Two blood brothers picked the members for the new groups in a manner similar to choosing up sides for an impromptu baseball game.[1] William Harper became the first president of the Euphradian Society.[2] The society still traditionally convenes in its historic hall (now called the L. Marion Gressette Euphradian Society Hall) in Harper College on the university's historic horseshoe.

Euphradian Society
FoundedFebruary 1806; 213 years ago (1806-02)
University of South Carolina, (Columbia, South Carolina)
Senator William Harper
South Carolina College Horseshoe 1850, Harper College is the third building from the left
Senator William C. Preston
Governor Robert Evander McNair

Notable 19th-century membersEdit

Notable members of the 19th Century include:[3]

Notable 20th-century membersEdit

Notable 21st-century membersEdit


  1. ^ a b La Borde, Maximilian (1859). History of South Carolina College. Columbia, SC: R.L. Bryan. p. 427.
  2. ^ Hollis, Daniel Walker, University of South Carolina, Vol. I: South Carolina College, Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 1951, pp.230-231.,
  3. ^ [ Archived 2010-07-12 at the Wayback Machine South Carolina College: Euphradian Society, Catalogue of Members in 1842, Lanham Digital Library of Hill Country History at Logan Library at Schreiner University]
  4. ^ Lee, Robert E. Robert E. Lee Papers, 1845. Archival material.
  5. ^ "Hollings to Become Euphradian Society Honorary Member" (PDF). The Gamecock (Vol. XLVIII, No. 21). March 25, 1955. Retrieved 6 July 2014.
  6. ^ Grose, Philip (2006). South Carolina at the Brink: Robert McNair and the Politics of Civil Rights. Columbia, SC: University of South Carolina Press. p. 50.