Basil Manly

    Basil Manly was born on January 29, 1798, in Chatham County, North Carolina. He was licensed to preach in 1818. After graduating from South Carolina College in 1821, he was ordained a minister.

    Manly continued his ministry in South Carolina until 1837, when he was elected president of the University of Alabama. He stayed active in the church while in Tuscaloosa. He also founded the Alabama Historical Society. In 1855 he resigned as the president of the University to return to Charleston, South Carolina, to accept a pastorate. He was recalled as a general evangelist in Alabama in 1858. Some Alabama Baptists speculated his sentiments had an enormous influence on Alabama's secession from the Union. Manly died in South Carolina on December 21, 1868.