Crawford, Nathaniel Macon, Dd
Crawford, Nathaniel Macon, D.D.
a Baptist minister, was born near Lexington, Oglethorpe County, Georgia, March 22, 1811. He graduated from the University of Georgia in 1829, was admitted to the bar of that state, but did not enter upon the practice of the law, having been chosen professor of mathematics in Oglethorpe University, which position he held until 1841. About that time he became a Baptist, received license to preach in 1843, and was ordained in 1844. For the next three years he was pastor, first in Washington, Gerogia, and then in Charleston, S.C. In 1847 he became professor of Biblical literature in. Mercer University, Georgia; in 1854 was elected president of the university; in 1857 was called to the chair of mental and moral philosophy in the University of Mississippi, and soon after in the Western Theological Seminary at Georgetown, Kentucky. In the autumn of 1858 he returned as president to Mercer University, but during the civil war accepted the presidency of the Baptist Institution at Georgetown, Ketncuky, remaining there until 1871, when he resigned on account of impaired health. He died at Atlanta, Georgia, October 27, 1871. Dr. Crawford took a high rank, both as a scholar and as a preacher, in the South. He published a few works, in which were exhibited the results of his scholarship and the charms of a graceful style. (J.C.S.)