Elisha P. Mitchell

Elisha P. Mitchell

Elisha P. Mitchell

Associated Building(s): Mitchell Hall;

Other Relationships: Professor of Geology

Birthplace: Washington, Connecticut

Lifespan: 1793-08-19/1857-06-27

Race: White

Sex: Male

Relationship(s) to University: Professor, Trustee

Era(s): Antebellum

Involvement(s): Slavery, White Supremacy

Slaveowner: Yes

Narrative: https://unchistory.web.unc.edu/building-narratives/mitchell-hall/

More info: http://ncpedia.org/biography/mitchell-elisha

Latitude/Longitude: 41.630647, -73.309550

Mitchell, born in 1793, was a UNC professor from 1818 until he died in 1857. His main field was geology. He found that a North Carolina mountain, now called Mount Mitchell, is the highest in the eastern US. He was a minister and slaveholder and preached on the morality of slavery. Mitchell Hall is named after him.

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