Emory College was named in honor of Bishop John Emory, of Maryland, who was elected to the episcopacy in 1832 on the same ballot with Bishop James O. Andrew, and who presided over the fourth session of the Georgia Conference, at Washington. Wilkes County, in 1834. In December, 1835, he was accidentally thrown from his carriage and killed, near his home in Baltimore. The Conference session of 1836, at Columbus, Ga., appointed trustees to incorporate the College, and directed them to call it Emory, probably at the suggestion of Bishop Andrew, as a tribute to the memory of his lamented colleague. In pursuance of the will of the Conference, the trustees bought 1,400 acres of woodland near Covington, Newton County, in the granite region of Georgia, for $14,000, and, at the suggestion of Dr. Ignatius A. Few, gave it the classic name of Oxford, in honor of the old English university.
In 1838 the College was opened for the reception of students, under the presidency of Dr. I. A. Few, with Dr. Alexander Means and Rev. Charles W. Lane as professors. The first class, of three members. were graduated in 1841. During these years, 1,487 men have received the diplomas of the College, and have since served the country and the church with honor to themselves and their Alma Mater.
During the presidency of Dr. A. G. Haygood the College began to take on new life, when Mr. George I. Seney, of Brooklyn, N. Y., gave about $100,000 to the institution, erecting the building known as Seney Hall and making large additions to the endowment.
Under the presidency of Dr. W. A. Candler $100,000 were added to the endowment, Rev. W. P. Pattillo, of Atlanta, Ga., giving $25,000. The new library building named "Candler Hall" was erected at a cost of $25,000.
During the presidency of Dr. C. E. Dowman a $30,000 Science Hall was projected, the corner-stone was laid, and the funis with which to erect the building were in a large measure secured, Capt. J. P. Williams, of Savannah, donating $15,000.
The original Board of Trustees was composed of men whose names are historic in Georgia Methodism; Ignatius A. Few, Lovick Pierce, Charles Hardy, William J. Parks, Elijah Sinclair, Samuel K. Hodges. Samuel J. Bryan, Alexander Speer, George F. Pierce, Daniel P. Hillhouse, William P. Graham, Seaborn Jones, Joseph A. Eve, Iverson L. Graves, Lucius Wittich, and John Park.
The following have filled the office of President: Ignatius A. Few, D.D.. LL.D.,; Augustus B. Longstreet, LL.D.; George F. Pierce, D.D., LL.D.; Alexander Means, D.D., LL.D.; James R. Thomas, LL.D.; Luther M. Smith, D.D.; Osborne L. Smith. D.D.; Atticus G. Haygood, D,D;. LL.D.; Isaac S. Hopkins, D.D.; Warren A. Candler, D.D., LL.D.; C. E. Dowman, D.D. Three of these, Drs. Pierce, Haygood and Candler, were elected to the episcopacy from the presidency of the College. Dr. Haygood, however, declined the election in 1882 on account of his duty to the College, but was re-elected in 1890, after he had resigned the presidency.
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