Thomas F. Mulledy, S.J., President of Georgetown, 1829-1838, 1845-1848
Georgetown College (1789-1815)
When Father Mulledy became president, Georgetown was in decline. However, he proved to be an effective promoter of the College and rapidly increased enrollment. Congressmen and senators became regular visitors and Andrew Jackson, in his first year in the White House, enrolled his ward. In fact, according to John Gilmary Shea’s 'History of Georgetown University,' published in 1891: “The only drawback to Father Mulledy’s presidency was his lax idea of discipline . . . it was certainly by no means conducive to the discipline of the college to see a student play handball on the back of the president as he crossed the grounds. Yet such a sight was not unusual.”
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