Guilford College began its history with the assistance of non-North Carolinians. Quaker minister Nathan Hunt moved from New Bedford, MA to New Garden, North Carolina in 1830. In the mid-1830s, Hunt attempted to build a new school in New Garden but could not find proper funding. Hunt appealed to the whaling merchants from New Bedford, and with the assistance of George Howland, Hunt funded the New Garden Boarding school in 1837. In 1888, the school renamed itself to Guilford College.