Daniel Alexander Payne (February 24, 1811 – November 2, 1893) was an American bishop, educator, college administrator and author. He became a bishop in the African Methodist Episcopal Church (AME) and was a major shaper of it in the 19th century. He was one of the founders of Wilberforce University in Ohio. In 1863 he became its first president, and the first African-American president of a college in the United States. By quickly organizing missionary support of freedmen in the South after the Civil War, he gained 250,000 new members for the AME Church during the Reconstruction era, with congregations down the East Coast to Florida and west to Texas.
Read Recollections of Seventy Years, by By Bishop Daniel Payne, free from the University of North Carolina.