The rich history of Emory goes back to the The Methodist Episcopal Church who founded Emory College in 1836 in the small Georgia town of Oxford. With strong roots to its church back in England, the founders named the town for the school's prestigious British cousin, and named the school for the British Bishop who envisioned building a school in the South to nurture the minds and characters of its students. The little school hung on for decades before beginning to prosper in the latter part of the 1800s. By 1914 the Methodist Church was looking to create a university in the South and Emory College was looking to expand. In stepped the founder of the Coca-Cola company, Asa Candler. Mr. Candler, wrote the now famous, "million-dollar letter" to make an offer of seed money, to the tune of one million dollars to the university, and also donated land in Atlanta for the construction of the current Atlanta campus. Emory University received a DeKalb County charter to build at its present location in 1915. The soft drink company president's brother was Emory alumnus and former president, Methodist Bishop Warren Candler, became Emory's first chancellor, and to this day it is considered poor school spirit to drink any other soda products on campus.
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