175 Makers of History: George L.P. Wren

George L.P. Wren 1859C
Emory Diarist

George L.P. Wren

George L. P. Wren's diary is the authoritative view of student life at antebellum Emory.

Wren took extensive notes on some of his lecturers, revealing an interest in German philosophy, experiments with convex and concave mirrors, and the feeling that geology was "dry in most parts" but "interesting on account of the miraculous stories that are related."

Like many Emory alumni of his age, Wren fought for the Confederacy in the Civil War and was captured twice. He reached the rank of second lieutenant and, after the war, settled in Claiborne Parish, Louisiana where he taught school.