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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

June 16, 1919
Harry Woodburn Chase was elected to serve as president of the University. R. D. W. Connor, secretary of the Board of Trustees, and Josephus Daniels, a member of the Board, were popular choices to assume the office of president following the deaths of Edward Kidder Graham and Marvin Hendrix Stacy. State law, however, prohibited current Board members from being selected as president. Therefore, the trustees voted to elect Chase, who was serving as chairman of the faculty.