Nathan Elams Cockrell

Nathan Elams Cockrell (September 27, 1833 – June 3, 1859) was a founder of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity.

Early lifeEdit

Nathan Elams Cockrell was born on September 27, 1833 in Livingston, Alabama.[1] His father was Dempsey Cockrell and his mother, Millicent Carpenter.[2] His maternal uncle, Captain Nathan Mullin Carpenter, was the owner of the Everhope Plantation in Eutaw, Alabama.[3]

He attended the University of Alabama, where he was a founding member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon.[4] He graduated in 1856.[1][4]


Cockrell managed his father's plantation. Later, he became the editor of the Livingston Messenger newspaper.[1]


Cockrell died on June 3, 1859.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d A Register of the Officers and Students of the University of Alabama, 1831-1901, Tuscaloosa, Alabama: University Press of Alabama, 1901, p. 118 [1]
  2. ^ Nathan Elams Cockrell,
  3. ^ Ante Bellum Home Offered For Sale By Coleman Realty Co., The Tuscaloosa News, October 15, 1972
  4. ^ a b William Raimond Baird, American College Fraternities, J.B. Lippincott, 1898, p. 210 [2]