[Daily article] December 22: Andrew Sledd

Andrew Sledd (1870–1939) was an American theologian, university
professor and university president. A native of Virginia, he was
ordained as a Methodist minister after earning his master’s degree; he
later earned a doctorate at Yale. After teaching for several years,
Sledd became the last president of the University of Florida at Lake
City from 1904 to 1905, and the first president of what is now the
University of Florida from 1905 to 1909. He was president of Southern
University from 1910 to 1914, and became a professor and an influential
biblical scholar at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology from
1914 to 1939. Bibliographies highlight his 1902 magazine article
advocating better legal and social treatment of African-Americans, his
role in founding the modern University of Florida, his scholarly
analysis of biblical texts as literature, his call for an end to racial
violence, and his influence on a generation of Methodist seminary
students, scholars and ministers.

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Today’s selected anniversaries:


Pope Honorius III issued the papal bull Religiosam vitam to
establish the Dominican Order.


Having been soundly defeated in battle, the Qing dynasty agreed
to terms of truce, ending the Sino-Burmese War.


The Lincoln Tunnel, connecting New York City to Weehawken, New
Jersey, opened.


Brazilian unionist and environmental activist Chico Mendes was
murdered at his Xapuri home.


Burhanuddin Rabbani of the Northern Alliance handed over power
in Afghanistan to the interim government headed by Hamid Karzai

Wiktionary’s word of the day:

(biology) A membranous vascular layer of cells which line the medullary
cavity of a bone; an internal periosteum.

Wikiquote quote of the day:

  It’s the questions we ask, the journey we take to get to where we
are going that is more important than the actual answer. It’s good to
have mysteries. It reminds us that there’s more to the world than just
making do and having a bit of fun.  
–Charles de Lint

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