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Carolina Story: Virtual Museum of University History

Charles Manly (1795-1871), and Matthias Manly and Manly Residence Hall

Completed in 1922, Manly Residence Hall bears the name of two brothers, Charles and Matthais Manly. Elder brother Charles graduated from the university in 1814 and served as a trustee from 1821 to 1849 and then again from 1850 to 1868. A lawyer, politician, and slaveholder, he was the state’s governor from 1849 to 1851. A longtime member of the trustee’s executive committee, he gained a reputation as a supporter of public education and public works. Matthias Manly, class of 1824, was a well-known judge in North Carolina and a trustee of the University from 1874 until 1881.