Asa Mahan Edit Profile
Graduate Hamilton College, 1824, Andover Theological Seminary, 1827. Honorary Doctor of Divinity, Hillsdale College, 1858, honorary Doctor of Laws, 1877. m. Mary Dix, May 9, 1828.
He accepted the presidency of the newly founded Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio, in 1835, simultaneously serving as the chair of intellectual and moral philosophy and a professor of theology. Mahan's liberal views towards abolitionism and anti-slavery greatly influenced the philosophy of the newly founded college. Likewise, only two years after its founding, the school began admitting students of all races, becoming the first college in the United States to do so.
The faculty of Oberlin College quarreled frequently with the highly religious Mahan, and eventually the faculty voted unanimously to relieve him of his position as president. In his place, famed abolitionist and preacher Charles Finney (already an Oberlin professor) was made president of Oberlin College. Heartbroken, Mahan moved to Cleveland, Ohio and participated in the founding of Cleveland University, located in the Tremont District of the city, where he was chosen president of the school and also professor of mental and moral philosophy.
However, the school had trouble attracting students and went bankrupt after only a few years, and Mahan was forced out. Pastoral work
In 1855 he resumed pastoral work, and had charge of Congregational parishes at Jackson in 1855-57 and at Adrian in 1857-60. Mahan moved to England in 1874, where he published frequently until his death in 1889.
Married second, Mistress.