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Warren Akin Candler, D. D.

Warren Akin Candler, D. D., eleventh president of Emory College, is the seventh son of Samuel C. and Martha Beall Candler, and was born in Carroll County, Georgia, Aug. 23, 1857.

His grandfather was Daniel Candler, who was the youngest son of Col. William Candler, of revolutionary fame. This Col. William Candler was at the siege of Augusta and with Gen. Sumter in his Carolina campaign of 1780. The eldest child of Col. Candler was Mary Candler, who became the wife of Capt. Ignatius Few, and the mother of Dr. Ignatius Few, the first president of Emory College.

Warren Akin Candler, the subject of this sketch, was graduated at Emory College with the highest honors of his class in July, 1875, one month before he was eighteen years of age.
In December, 1875, he was admitted, on trial, to the North Georgia conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church South, at its session held in Griffin, Georgia. From his graduation until he applied for membership in the conference (July to December, 1875), he supplied the pulpit of the Methodist church in Sparta, Georgia.
In 1876 he was appointed as junior preacher on the Newton circuit, with Rev. A. W. Rowland as his senior.
In 1877 he served the Watkinsville circuit with Rev. W. W. Oslin as his senior.
In the years 1878, 1879 and 1880, he was pastor of the Merritts Avenue Church, Atlanta.
In 1881 he was presiding elder for the Dahlonega district, having been appointed to the office of a presiding elder at an earlier age than any other man in the history of his church.
In 1882 he was again stationed at Sparta.
In 1883-84-85 and a part of 1886 he was the pastor of St. John's Church, Augusta, Georgia.
In July, 1886, the college of bishops appointed him associate editor of the “Christian Advocate,” at Nashville, Tennessee, the official organ of the Methodist Episcopal Church South.
There he remained until June, 1888, when he was elected president of Emory College, where he has served since. He received the degree of doctor of divinity from his alma mater at the age of thirty-one.

Source: Memoirs of Georgia, Containing historical accounts of the states civil, military, industrial and professional interests and personal sketches of many of it’s people, Volume II, The Southern Historical Association, Atlanta, Georgia, 1895.

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