Commemorating the 225Th Anniversary of the Founding of Georgetown Universityby Representative Mick Mulvaney
Posted on 2014-01-14
of south carolina
in the house of representatives
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Mr. MULVANEY. Mr. Speaker, it is with great pride and pleasure that I
rise today to bring to my colleagues' attention the 225th anniversary
of the founding of Georgetown University. As a proud alumnus of the
Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, I will always know
that the University and these United States began together in 1789. The
University's founding is tied to the first deed of property from which
the current University took shape on January 23, 1789--acquired by
Bishop John Carroll, the first Catholic bishop in the United States and
the University's founder.
From that date forward, Georgetown's growth and that of our nation have been intertwined. I am proud that the University's federal charter--the second such charter approved by Congress after that of the U. S. Military Academy--was proposed in legislation introduced by one of the University's first students, Congressman William Gaston of North Carolina. As a Carolinian myself, I have to say, from the beginning, Georgetown was off on the right footing. It is fitting that the University's main lecture hall bears the name Gaston Hall.
Our school colors have roots deep in our nation's history as well. During the Civil War more than 1,000 Georgetown alumni served in both the Union and Confederate armies. The blue and the gray, then, reflect the divided allegiances of both students and alumni during that war.
Today, the student body is comprised of students from every state and from 141 nations around the globe.
I am heartened that Georgetown has remained true to the Roman Catholic and Jesuit values on which it was founded. The University prides itself as a place of vigorous dialogue. It pushes students to pursue lives enriched by research and scholarship. I am happy to say that, since my election to Congress, I have had several opportunities to explore some of the issues we are working on in the House of Representatives with faculty who have deep and valuable knowledge on these topics.
I was lucky to study at Georgetown under professors such as Madeline Albright and Fr. James Reddington. They made me think and challenge my assumptions. They helped me grow and shaped my subsequent career. Certainly, Georgetown's commitment to encouraging students to explore public service is reflected in its Mission Statement which ends with an admonition to those who have studied there ``to be reflective lifelong learners, to be responsible and active participants in civic life and to live generously in service to others.'' It is not surprising then that, since William Gaston entered Congress in 1814, over 150 Georgetown alumni and faculty members have served in the U. S. Congress. Others have served as President, governors, cabinet secretaries, judges and as senior diplomats around the globe. Likewise, the University is equally proud of alumni who have gone on to be leaders in their communities in fields such as business, arts, health care or the law.
It is an honor to recognize Georgetown on this occasion of its 225th ``birthday,'' but, more importantly, to wish my alma mater great progress in the centuries ahead.