Patrick Hues Mell

Patrick Hues Mell

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Patrick Hues Mell (July 19, 1814 – January 26, 1888), was born in Walthourville, Georgia, served as the President of the Southern Baptist Convention in twon terms from 1863–1871 and 1880–1887, as well as served as chancellor of the University of Georgia (UGA) in Athens from 1878 until his resignation in 1888. (The head of the University was referred to as chancellor instead of president, from 1860 until 1932).

Education and early life

Mell was born in Walthourville, Georgia in 1814. He studied at local institutions until he entered Amherst College in 1833 at the age of 19. He studied there for two years but did not graduate with his class. By 1941 Mell had obtained a position at Mercer University as a professor of ancient langues. In 1856 he took a similar position at the University of Georgia. There he was appointed to vice-chancellor in 1860.


While working as a professor Mell also became very involved in Religious works. He served as a pastor in several churches throughout his lifetime. In 1857 Mell was elected president of the Georgia Baptist Convention and three years later was named president of the Southern Baptist Convention.


He also published many books on religious subjects:

  • Baptism in Its Mode and Subjects (1853)

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