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Dr. Moses Waddel

Noted Educator and Presbyterian Minister

 
 
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By David Seibert, October 23, 2010
1. Dr. Moses Waddel Marker
Inscription. 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 sonís 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.
 
Erected 1963 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 029-11.)
 
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Dr. Moses Waddel Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, October 23, 2010
2. Dr. Moses Waddel Marker
Looking east on East Hancock Street
This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
 
Location. 33° 57.61′ N, 83° 22.595′ W. Marker is in Athens, Georgia, in Clarke County. Marker is on East Hancock Street 0 miles west of College Avenue, on the left when traveling east. Click for map. The marker stands adjoining the First Presbyterian Church. Marker is at or near this postal address: 185 East Hancock Street, Athens GA 30601, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Athens Double-Barrelled Cannon (within shouting distance of this marker); First Flight in Georgia (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Louis H. Persley (about 800 feet away); Clarke County (about 800 feet away); Olympic Games in Athens (approx. 0.2 miles away); University of Georgia (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Stoneman Raid (approx. 0.2 miles away); Holmes/Hunter Academic Building (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Athens.
 
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Dr. Moses Waddel Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, October 23, 2010
3. Dr. Moses Waddel Marker
Looking west on East Hancock Street, toward the First Presbyterian Church
First Presbyterian Church image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, October 23, 2010
4. First Presbyterian Church
Built in 1855
 
 
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