18 January 1835 - 28 April 1889
Spartanburg SC Seat Pleasant MD
Pinkney Rollins served as the president of Mars Hill College during the difficult
times of the Civil War. He took office in September, 1861. In 1863 the school
closed because of the war and remained so until June, 1865, when it reopened,
again with Professor Rollins as president. He served until 1866.
"Upon his separation from the college, Mr. Rollins left Mars Hill for Asheville. . . .
He seems to have shifted his primary interest from ministry and church activities to
business and politics. In 1870 he was operating a hack or stage line on weekly
trips between Murphy and Asheville, with a franchise for carrying the mail, at a
time when a vehicle required seven days for a round trip. Later he changed the
schedule on his line from weekly to daily trips and lost considerable money in the
venture. He then became a collector of internal revenue in Asheville, from whence he went to Washington, D.C., where
he served the remainder of his active life as an auditor in the Treasury Department. He died at his country home, Seat
Pleasant, near Washington, on April 28, 1889, at fifty-four years of age. At the time of this death he was praised by
those who knew him for his philanthropic spirit, his kindness of heart, his integrity, his honesty of purpose, and his
- John Angus McLeod, From These Stones, p.69.