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This Day in Georgia History

February 19, 1875

Harvey Warren Cox Born

Educator Harvey Warren Cox was born in Birmingham, Illinois. He earned his doctorate from Harvard before becoming a professor at the University of Florida in 1911. By 1916, Cox was dean of Florida’s teachers’ college. In 1920, Cox was chosen as first president of the new Emory University in Atlanta. He remained the university’s president for the next 22 years, supervising its growth from a few loosely connected schools on an isolated campus into one of the premiere private schools in the country. Cox led Emory through the financial crisis of the Great Depression, and ultimately saw its expansion onto campuses at Oxford and Valdosta. During his presidency, financial contributions quadrupled and enrollment more than doubled. Poor health forced Cox’s resignation in 1942. Two years later, he died in Atlanta on July 27, 1944.