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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