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Antebellum College Life

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Elisha Mitchell (1793-1857)

North Carolina Collection Photographic Archives

Elisha Mitchell was a longtime professor of science and another Presbyterian minister on the antebellum university faculty. He came to Chapel Hill in 1817 from his native Connecticut. A graduate of Yale, he studied there with Benjamin Silliman, a renowned professor who helped make chemistry and geology popular subjects by using laboratory demonstrations. Modeled after Silliman's, Mitchell's courses provided students with a practical education in a curriculum dominated by the classics.