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Longstreet, Augustus Baldwin



“L” is for Longstreet, Augustus Baldwin [1790-1870]. Educator, author, clergyman, jurist. After graduating from Yale and studying law Longstreet returned to his native Georgia where he practiced law, served in the legislature, and was elected a judge. In 1835 he published Georgia Scenes a series of literary sketches of rural life in Georgia. The book was tremendously popular and is known as one of the best examples of southern backwoods humor. In 1839 he became president of Emory College in Oxford and later was president of the University of Mississippi. His publication, A Voice from the South, established his reputation as an ardent pro-slavery advocate. In 1856 he was elected president of South Carolina College. Augustus Baldwin Longstreet was not a strong teacher, preferring telling tall tales in his parlor to delivering learned lectures

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