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1837-1914

Phi Gamma HouseEmory University was founded in Covington, Georgia, on a campus known as Oxford in 1837. That year the Phi Gamma Literary Society (Phi Gamma house pictured left) was formed followed two years later by the Ignatius Few Literary Society. Modeled after the literary societies of British Universities such as Oxford and Cambridge, the Phi Gamma and Few Societies were organized around the practice of the forensic and literary arts. Students in these societies held weekly debates in their halls on the old Oxford campus. All students attended the debates, and diaries of the day describe the subjects and content of some of these events.