Adiel Sherwood

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Thomas Adiel Sherwood was an American author and college president of Marshall College.


Sherwood was born in Fort Edward, New York, on October 3, 1791. He attended Middlebury College in Vermont and Union College in New York City. In 1819, he moved to Savannah, Georgia, where he involved himself with the Baptist ministry. He was instrumental in the founding of the Georgia Baptist Convention.[1] He introduced and widened the support of the temperance movement after moving to Georgia. While in Georgia, his manual-labor system helped inspire the founding of Mercer University and in 1857, he became president of Marshall College in Griffin, Georgia. Between 1827 and 1860, he collected statistical information on Georgia’s counties and place names, which he compiled into his publication A Gazetteer of the State of Georgia.[2] Sherwood published as many as five different editions between the years of 1827 and 1860. After his farm in Butts County, Georgia was burned by Sherman’s troops in the American Civil War, Sherwood moved to Missouri, where he died on August 19, 1879. He was married to Emma Heriot, his second wife after his first wife and daughter died in 1824. He had five children.

Selected works[edit]


  1. ^ Williams, David S. (2008). From Mounds to Megachurches : Georgia's Religious Heritage. Athens: University of Georgia Press. p. 42. ISBN 9780820337838. Retrieved 9 April 2018. 
  2. ^ Burch, Jarrett (2003). "Adiel Sherwood: Religious Pioneer of Nineteenth-Century Georgia". Georgia Historical Quarterly. 87 (1): 22. Retrieved 19 February 2018. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Walter Brownlow Posey (1957). Adiel Sherwood: Georgia's first gazetteer. 
  • Jarrett Burch (2003). Adiel Sherwood: Baptist antebellum pioneer in Georgia. Baptists Series. Mercer University Press. ISBN 978-0-86554-890-9.