Dr. Moses Waddel

Dr. Moses Waddel (HMQ0Y)

Location: Athens, GA 30601 Clarke County
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Country: United States of America
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N 33° 57.61', W 83° 22.595'

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Noted Educator and Presbyterian Minister

Dr. Moses Waddel, educator and minister, was born in 1770 in N.C. At fourteen he began teaching pupils near his home. Moving to Ga. In 1786, he taught in the Greensboro area until 1787, opening another school at Bethany, Greene County, in 1788. While at Bethany Waddel decided to enter the ministry. He studied at Hampden-Sydney College and graduated in less than nine months in 1791, thereafter combining the careers of teacher and minister.

Establishing his most famous academy at Willington, S.C., in 1804, Waddel continued his work there until 1819 when he became President of Franklin College, now the University of Ga. One of the most prominent ante-bellum leaders of that institution, he served until 1829. Unwilling to divorce education from religion, Waddel stimulated the religious life of the campus. In 1820 he organized and was pastor of the First Presbyterian congregation in Athens, which became the First Presbyterian Church. The present church building was erected in 1855. Waddel died in 1840 at his son's home in Athens. His pupils during a lifetime of teaching included John C. Calhoun, William H. Crawford, George R. Gilmer, Augustus B. Longstreet, and George McDuffie.
HM NumberHMQ0Y
Series This marker is part of the Georgia: Georgia Historical Society/Commission series
Marker Number029-11
Year Placed1963
Placed ByGeorgia Historical Commission
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Date Added Sunday, October 26th, 2014 at 5:45pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 280401 N 3760284
Decimal Degrees33.96016667, -83.37658333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 33° 57.61', W 83° 22.595'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds33° 57' 36.60" N, 83° 22' 35.70" W
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Area Code(s)706
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 185 E Hancock Ave, Athens GA 30601, US
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