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David Ker (1758-1805)

David Ker

David Ker (1758-1805) was the first professor and first Presiding Professor of the University of North Carolina. He left the University in 1796 after disagreements with the trustees over administrative structure and student unrest. Though the identity of the artist is unknown, this portrait of Ker is thought to have been painted in 1795 or 1796. It is part of the David Ker and Mary B. Ker Portraits and Papers (#3371) in the Southern Historical Collection, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Library.