Atticus Greene Haygood

President, Emory College

1859C 1870H

Atticus Greene HaygoodAtticus Greene Haygood, a Methodist minister, was ordained in 1858. He served as a chaplain for the Confederate army and as president of Emory College where he attracted the northern philanthropy of Brooklyn banker George Seney.

Risking his popularity in the church, he attacked cruel practices directed against blacks such as lynching. In 1882, he founded what is now Paine College as a cooperative endeavor between the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, and the Colored (now Christian) Methodist Episcopal Church.

In 1884, he resigned his presidency and worked full time for the John F. Slater Fund for Negro Education in the South, and he was later elected a bishop of the church.