Ignatius Alphonso Few

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Ignatius Alphonso Few was born in Columbia County Georgia back in 1789 to Captain Few and Mary.  I don’t have any information about his childhood, but I can tell you he studied at Princeton University and New York City before returning to Georgia to study law.  In 1811, he married Salina and tried his hand at farming, which didn’t work well with him. 

In 1823, he became seriously ill with a form of “lung fever” which was most likely tuberculosis.  That same year he joined the Methodist Episcopal Church.  In 1828, he was admitted to the MEC as a minister being a charter member of the Georgia Conference in 1831.  He left because of his health.  In 1838, he received is Doctor of Law degree from Wesleyan University in Connecticut. 

The Georgia Conference founded a school for manual labor four years earlier.  The students were expected to work 3 days a week in the field and attend the classroom where they learned reading, writing and arithmetic.  Few was selected as the leader.  That didn’t work out well, so they changed the name and Few became the first president of a university I’m sure most of you had heard of, Emory University.

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Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning James Dray - certainly do that that school.  Thanks for the background.

Oct 21, 2020 03:40 AM #1
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello James - I wasn't expecting this would be a story about Emory University.  Interesting history.  And speaking of history, I don't recall seeing/hearing the surname Few often or ever. . .    

Oct 21, 2020 04:02 AM #2
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. What a career path. An amazing story. Had a friend who attended Emory. Enjoy your day!

Oct 21, 2020 04:41 AM #3
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray 

Meet Ignatius Alphonso Few 

Past Presidents | Office of the President | Emory University

Oct 21, 2020 04:52 AM #4
Donald Urschalitz
Lubeck Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

This sure was a big first step in helping education among the many that could not afford it.

Oct 21, 2020 04:57 AM #5
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

A sound education would solve a lot of problems.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Oct 21, 2020 05:15 AM #6
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

What a really interesting story, James. Clearly, I knew of Emory University, but not the history behind its name.

Oct 21, 2020 05:16 AM #7
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

That was a whole lot of nothing I knew and nothing I will retain James Dray .  I'm glad to know that he did have faith in God.

Oct 21, 2020 05:22 AM #8
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I have indeed heard of Emory University but I have never known much about it.

Oct 21, 2020 05:42 AM #9
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Good morning James. I admit my ignorance. I am not familiar with Emory University. But it was a fascinating story.

Oct 21, 2020 05:55 AM #10
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

It took him a while to find his niche, and he had some experiences along the way, but he made his mark when he eventually settled down.

Oct 21, 2020 05:56 AM #11
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, James, for sharing this interesting story.

Take care, be safe and have a great day.

Oct 21, 2020 06:25 AM #12
faye schubert
Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

With the current and future shortage of skilled labor, we should could use more of this today. 

Oct 21, 2020 06:44 AM #13
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


A very intersting story of a man with an equally interesting surname "Few"!  What a fun story for Wednesday.  A

Oct 21, 2020 06:55 AM #14
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

A very interesting life. It is amazing that he lasted that long with TB...wow!

Oct 21, 2020 08:01 AM #15
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I had no idea Emory University started out that way James Dray 🤓

Oct 21, 2020 08:02 AM #16
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi James:

Certainly I've heard of Emory University but knew nothing of the history or its first President.


Oct 21, 2020 08:06 AM #17
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello James, always interesting the ending story of what happens for this University.


Oct 21, 2020 08:30 AM #18
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- I'm familiar with Emory University but did not know of its history. 

Oct 21, 2020 10:37 AM #19
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

YES indeed I am very famiiar with Emory University but I had no idea of the back story, Endre

Oct 21, 2020 11:05 PM #20
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