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From Ahmedunggar to Lavonia:
Presidents at the University of Georgia 1785-1997

John Brown



Born June 15, 1763, County Antrim, Ireland; Died December 11, 1842, Ft. Gaines, GA; c.1782.

Brown attended school to begin preparation to enter ministry and/or teaching. In 1809, he was elected Professor of Logic and Moral Philosophy at South Carolina College and later Presbyterian chaplain. He was elected President of Franklin College in 1811. Brown was one of the first to initiate Camp Meetings in the South and served as a minister of the Gospels for 55 years.


Brown led a school for six years staffed with only a math professor, a French instructor, and two tutors. In July 1816, he resigned.