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This Day in Georgia History

October 18, 1852

David Crenshaw Barrow Born

Noted educator David Crenshaw Barrow was born in Oglethorpe County, Georgia. After his family moved to Athens while Crenshaw was still young, he grew up with a deep appreciation for Georgia and especially its state university. Barrow entered the University of Georgia in 1869 and graduated in 1874. He began his career in education when he became an adjunct professor in 1879. His devotion to teaching and firm, but fair, ways of dealing with students helped him progress to full professor to dean of arts and sciences, and ultimately in 1906 to university chancellor, which he held until his retirement in 1925. During his tenure, the University of Georgia enlarged all its existing schools, plus added schools of commerce, education, forestry, and journalism. Enrollment increased more than four hundred percent and the first female students were admitted. Faculty size tripled, while funding increased over ten-fold. In recognition of many contributions to the University of Georgia, the General Assembly named a new county after him in 1914. Barrow died in Athens on Jan. 11, 1929.