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This Day in Georgia History

September 25, 1941

Warren Akin Candler Died

To view an image of Warren Akin Candler, see the Digital Library of Georgia.

Warren Akin Candler died in Atlanta. Born in Villa Rica on Aug. 23, 1857, he graduated from Emory College in 1877. Afterwards, he served as a Methodist minister in Atlanta, Sparta, Dahlonega, and Augusta. In Augusta, Candler worked with the Colored Methodist Episcopal Church to help create Paine Institute in 1882. Candler served as president of Emory College for a decade (1888-98), and then as Methodist bishop from 1898 until 1935. In this capacity, Candler helped create Southern Methodist University and Emory University, serving as Emory’s chancellor from 1914 to 1922.