Sasnett, William Jeremiah

Sasnett, William Jeremiah, A minister of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, was born in Hancock County, Ga., April 29, 1820, and graduated at Oglethorpe University in 1839. After graduation he studied law, but very early entered the ministry. His active work was soon interfered with by rheumatism. He then engaged in the work of education, and accepted, in 1849, the chair of English Literature in Emory College, which he filled until 1858, when he became president of La Grange Female College. In Sept., 1859, he opened the East Alabama Male College, as its president. At a very early day its halls were filled with young men, but the war coming on, so many of them entered the army that college exercises were necessarily suspended. Dr. Sasnett retired to his farm in Georgia, where he remained until his death, Nov. 3, 1865. As a scholar, the attainments of Dr. Sasnett were varied and extensive. As a preacher, his gifts were far from ordinary. Besides a large number of contributions to the periodical press, he published, Progress (1855): — Discussions in Literature (1860). See Minutes of Annual Conf. of Meth. Epis. Church, South, 1865, p. 574.

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