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Nathan Elams Cockrell (September 27, 1833 – June 3, 1859) was a founder of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. He was born in Livingston, Alabama. In 1854 he entered the University of Alabama. While there he was a founding member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon which became the largest fraternity by initiates in the world. He graduated on July 18, 1856.

After graduation Cockrell managed his father's plantation. Later he became the editor of the Livingston Messenger newspaper. He is buried at Sumterville, Alabama.

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