J.F. Mitchell, 12th president, made efforts during his term to ensure that the custom of accepting free entertainment at annual conventions was set aside.
His newspaper, the Greenville Banner, was often tagged the best weekly in the state. He was a strong advocate of the editorial page, and if the paper had too much content for that week’s edition he would leave out the leading news item of the week rather than an editorial paragraph.
Mitchell died in 1901.