Emory University Founded
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Founder
Methodist Episcopal Church
Time Period
12/10/1836
Description
In 1836, the Methodist Episcopal Church founded Emory College, originally located in Oxford, Georgia. Despite becoming an important educational institution of Southern Methodism, it was named after a "Yankee bishop," John Emory of New York. The name was suggested by James O. Andrew, who later became an important figure in the schism of the Methodist Episcopal Church in 1845. The first president of Emory was Ignatius A. Few.

The school struggled for decades until extra funding from Asa Candler, the founder of Coca-Cola, helped expand its land and resources.

Today, Emory is located in Atlanta and is one of the most respected private universities in the South, with a large endowment and more than 14,000 students.
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Photographs

Emory University gate lantern- Wikimedia Commons- photo by Ottawa80

Emory College, Oxford, GA- Internet Archive- from The History of Georgia Methodism from 1786 to 1866 by George G. Smith

Bishop John Emory portrait- Internet Archive- from Sketches of Eminent Methodist Ministers by John M'Clintock

Ignatius Alphonso Few, first president of Emory University- Internet Archive- from The History of Georgia Methodism from 1786 to 1866 by George G. Smith

Emory University, Main Quad- photo by Mpspqr at English Wikipedia
Book/Journal Source(s)
Bucke, Emory Stevens, 1964. The History of American Methodism. Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press.
Web Source(s)
http://www.emory.edu/home/about/history/index.html
Emory University's History
Web Page Contributor
Benjamin T. Gurrentz
Affliated with: Pennsylvania State University, Ph.D. in Sociology

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