Nathan Elams Cockrell (September 27, 1833 – June 3, 1859) was a founder of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity.
Nathan Elams Cockrell was born on September 27, 1833 in Livingston, Alabama. His father was Dempsey Cockrell and his mother, Millicent Carpenter. His maternal uncle, Captain Nathan Mullin Carpenter, was the owner of the Everhope Plantation in Eutaw, Alabama.
Cockrell managed his father's plantation. Later, he became the editor of the Livingston Messenger newspaper.
Cockrell died on June 3, 1859.
- A Register of the Officers and Students of the University of Alabama, 1831-1901, Tuscaloosa, Alabama: University Press of Alabama, 1901, p. 118 
- Nathan Elams Cockrell, Ancestry.com
- Ante Bellum Home Offered For Sale By Coleman Realty Co., The Tuscaloosa News, October 15, 1972
- William Raimond Baird, American College Fraternities, J.B. Lippincott, 1898, p. 210