175 Makers of History: Atticus Greene Haygood

Atticus Greene Haygood, 1859C 1870H
President, Emory College

Atticus Greene Haygood

Atticus 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.