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Mercer University Presidents

Samuel Young Jameson (1906-1913)

  • Accepted the office of president as an act of Christian duty in 1906, having declined it the year before
  • Increased student enrollment in the three schools of the university—arts, law, and pharmacy—by 50 percentundefined
  • Constructed a dormitory (now Sherwood Hall), and a Carnegie Library (now Hardman Art Building)
  • Began publication of the Cauldron, the student yearbook, in 1911
  • Increased the financial resources of the university by more than $250,000
  • Served as secretary-treasurer of the Baptist schools of Georgia, headed by Mercer and known as the "Mercer System"
  • Advocated moving the university to Atlanta, though the plan was not enacted
  • Quick bio: (1859-1921); D.D., LL.D.; spouse: Etta Bibb (1884)


Described by friend, former student, and later professor, H. Lewis Batts:

"In physique Dr. Jameson was tall and stalwart. His movements were energetic and firm. He was energetic in mind also. He had convictions, and by them he was utterly controlled. He was willing to defend them at any time and place. He was particularly effective before public assemblies, being able to convince his hearers by depth of feeling, by sincerity, and by a moral earnestness that would not yield."

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