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Newton County GaArchives Obituaries.....Bishop Atticus Greene Haygood January 19 1896
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Phyllis Thompson May 6, 2004, 2:07 pm
Georgia Enterprise, Jan. 23, 1896
DEATH OF BISHOP HAYGOOD
At 2 o'clock, a. m., Sunday, Dec. 19th, 1896, the spirit of Bishop A. G.
Haygood winged its flight from earth to heaven. He fell asleep at his home
in Oxford surrounded by members of his family and intimate friends. The funeral
services came off Tuesday at 11:30 o'clock, and was conducted by Bishop W. W.
Duncan, of South Carolina, assisted by Rev. H. J. Adams, Prof. L. H. Harris, Dr.
Walker Lewis, Dr. I. S. Hopkins and Dr. Warren Candler. A large number of people
from abroad were present, while hundreds of friends in this and adjoining
counties attended the services. His body was laid to rest in the Oxford
Cemetery on Tuesday afternoon. A great and noble man he was, beloved and
honored, not only in his own country, but all over the earth. His gentleness,
benevolence and unselfishness is known to all men, and no eulogy from our
feeble pen could do justice to the life and character, name and fame of this
Christian gentleman. The Methodist church and the cause of Christianity
and education has lost one of the best men and most successful workers that
this generation has produced, and he erected a monument for himself that will
live through all the ages and his memory will grow brighter and dearer as the
years come and go.
Bishop Atticus Greene Haygood was born in Watkinsville, Ga., Nov. 19,
1839, and graduated from Emory college in 1859. He was licensed to preach
during his senior year and was admitted to the Conference soon after his
graduation. He served as pastor, presiding Elder and army chaplain until 1870,
when he was elected editor of the Sunday school publications of the M. E.
church South. In 1875 he resigned and was elected president of Emory college,
in which work he continued until 1884. From 1878 to 1882 he was the editor of
the Wesleyan Christian Advocate. In May 1882, he was elected one of the Bishops
of his church, but declined to accept, as he did not feel that he ought to give
up his college work. In the same year he was made agent of the John F. Slater
fund, which he administered two years and continued as president of the
college, and thereafter he devoted his attention exclusively to the work of
the Slater fund until 1890, and in May of that year he was again elected and
ordained as one of the Bishops of his church. Bishop Haygood gave his time,
his talent, his money and his life to the Methodist church. As president of
Emory college he did a wonderful work and it was through his efforts the Seney
hall was built, and during his administration there was over $200,000 secured
Upon his resignation at Emory, Bishop Haygood made a trip to California with
the purpose of establishing a conference there. Quite a number of well known
divines of the southern church followed him there and located permanently in
He was called from California to accept the position of Bishop. He devoted
all his energies to the work of the church recently and it was on a trip to a
conference in Tennessee that he was first stricken with paralysis. This
occurred early in November and it was thought at the time that he was fatally
affected. About the middle of December he rallied and was able to attend the
Arkansas conference later in the month. This was his last work. He returned
home much weaker and worse each day.
It was from his literary work that Bishop Haygood was best known. As an
author his ability received national recognition. His Our Brother in Black
was translated into many languages and was recognized as one of the strongest
productions on the race question. Other works are no less noteworthy. His last
book, The Monk and the Prince, has received the highest praise everywhere.
Note: This article states that Bishop Haygood died Sunday, Dec. 19, 1896, But
it should read Sunday, Jan. 19, 1896.
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