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This Day in Georgia History

July 19, 1814

Patrick Hues Mell Born

Educator and future University of Georgia chancellor Patrick Hues Mell was born in Liberty County, Georgia. In 1833, he attended Amherst College in Massachusetts for two years, and then became a teacher for two years. In 1837, Mell returned to Georgia, where he took a series of faculty positions at Emory College at Oxford, Mercer University, and the University of Georgia (where he became vice chancellor in 1860). In 1862, Mell organized a regiment of students and faculty and served as commanding colonel (though the unit was stationed at Rome and never involved in combat). In 1878, Mell was appointed chancellor of the University of Georgia. He also served as president of the Southern Baptist Convention from 1863 until his death in 1888.