DOWELL, SPRIGHT, 1878-1963


School teacher and administrator, college and university president. Born– January 2, 1878, Wake County, N.C. Parents– George James and Trannia (Yates) Dowell. Married– Camille Early, December 28, 1898. Children– Four. Education– Wake Forest College, A.B., 1896; Teacher’s College of Columbia University, 1911; studied at the University of Tennessee, Harvard College and Baylor University; Served as elementary school principal in Shelby County, 1898-1900; high school principal at Columbiana, 1900-1906; school superintendent at East Lake, 1906-1909; principal of Burrett School in Birmingham, 1909-1913; chief clerk, Alabama Department of Education, 1915-1917; State Superintendent of Education, 1917-1920; president of Alabama Polytechnic Institute, 1920-1928; president of Mercer University, 1929-1953. Served as secretary and president of the Conference of Church-Related Colleges of the Southwest; vice president of the Georgia Education Association; president of the Georgia Association of Colleges.  Awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Law, University of Alabama, 1920.


Who Was Who in America, Vol. 4, and the files at Alabama Public Library Service.


Columbus Roberts. Nashville; Broadman, 1951.

A History of Mercer University, 1833-1953. Macon, Ga.; Mercer University, 1958.