Osborn L. Smith

Emory College President 1871-1875 Osborn L. Smith
Class of 1842

  • Joins the Emory faculty in 1845 to teach Latin
  • Serves in the Georgia legislature during the Civil War
  • Presidency straddles a severe national economic downturn, and the college's endowment never rises above $18,000 during his term
  • With the fund-raising help of former president George F. Pierce, the college constructs four new buildings
  • Frustrated by the college's financial straits, Smith returns to the faculty in 1875 and dies two years later walking home from class