Frank Porter Graham was born in Fayetteville, North Carolina on October 14, 1886. He was raised in a Scottish Presbyterian family where education was paramount. Graham received his B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1909. Graham pursed a law degree, yet he never practiced law. In 1914 he decided to teach history at the university as his life’s work. In 1916 he received an M.A. in history from Columbia University. Feeling the call of duty when the United States entered into World War I, he joined the Marines as a private and was discharged as a lieutenant in 1919. He resumed his teaching career at UNC in 1920 and rose rapidly through the ranks. In 1930 he assumed the presidency of the university.