Caldwells in Academia

Joseph Caldwell

JosephCaldwell1773-1835(1773 – 1835), was a U.S. educator, Presbyterian minister, and mathematician. He was the first president of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, holding the office from 1804 until 1812, and from 1816 until his death in 1835. He was born in Lamington, New Jersey, the youngest of three children of Joseph and Rachel Harker Caldwell.

Caldwell County, North Carolina is named for him.

(Editor’s Note: This is the same Joseph Caldwell whose public records include conversations with his grandmother, Rachel Harket, nee Lovel who states her ancestors were Huguenots. This does not suggest or support Caldwells as Huguenots.)


Wilson Swain Caldwell

WilsonSwainCaldwell(1841-1898) was a distinguished Civil War era black American. Born into slavery on February 27, 1841, his mother was Rosa Burgess, a slave of the University of North Carolina President David Swain. His father was November ‘Doctor’ Caldwell, a slave of Joseph Caldwell (1773-1835). He was appointed a Justice of the Peace and held that office for a year.

After leaving the University in 1869, Caldwell opened a free school for colored children in Chapel Hill and was its schoolmaster for $17.50 a month.



  1. Joseph Caldwell (1773 – 1835) UNC Chapel Hill –
  2. Wilson Swain Caldwell –