Rev. David SULLINS, D. D., president of the Centenary Female College, Cleveland, Tenn., was born July 28, 1827 in McMinn County, Tenn. He was raised at the handles of the plow, and after attending the common schools spent a year at Forest Hill Academy. In 1846 he entered the Emory and Henry College, from which he graduated in 1850. The same year he joined the Holston Conference, of which he has been a member since. In 1853 he was elected president of the Odd Fellows Female College at Jonesboro, Tenn., continuing at the head of that institution five years. After two years of pastoral work he went to the war as chaplain of the Nineteenth Tennessee Infantry (Confederate), and the second year became chaplain of Breckinridge's division and quartermaster as well. After the war he held the position of president of the Wytheville Female College in Virginia for three years, and then came to Bristol, Tenn., where he founded Sullins' College, at the head of which he remained till 1880, when he was elected president of his alma mater. Through the influence of friends and unforgotten associates he was induced to come to Cleveland in 1885 to build up the Centenary Female College. How well he has done his work may be inferred from the fact that two large buildings put up at a cost of about $40,000, are not sufficient to accommodate all who would attend. While at Bristol he had conferred upon him the degree of D. D. by both Hiwassee and Emory and Henry Colleges. In 1855 he married Miss Ann, daughter of Hon. John BLAIR, by whom he has four children--two sons and two daughters--all of whom are graduates of schools of high merit, and members of the Methodist Episcopal Church South. Our subject's parents were Nathan SULLINS, who was born in Virginia and when young came to Tennessee, and Rebecca, daughter of Rev. Maurice MITCHELL one of the pioneer Methodist Episcopal preachers of East Tennessee. The parents were married near Knoxville, and soon after settled in McMinn County, where they spent their lives on a farm. The father was, for his day, an extensive farmer and stock raiser, and both were pious Christians of the Methodist Episcopal Church South.
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