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This Day in Georgia History

December 10, 1836

Emory College Incorporated

Following approval of a new college by the Methodist Conference that had just met in Columbus, Gov. William Schley signed an act incorporating Emory College, named in honor of Methodist bishop John Emory of Baltimore. Emory had presided over Georgia’s 1834 Methodist Conference and had died of an accident in 1835.Trustees of the new college subsequently bought 1,400 acres of land near Covington in Newton County and named the new college town Oxford. In 1915, Emory College at Oxford became the College of Arts and Sciences of the newly incorporated Emory University in Atlanta. Four years later, the college moved to Emory University.