The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 1, July 1897 - April, 1898 Page: 265
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Establishment of the University.
the academic department: J. W. Mallett, chairman of the faculty;
Wm. Leroy Broun, Milton W. Humphreys, Leslie Waggener, R. L.
Dabney, and H. Tallichet; and, in the law department: 0. M. Rob-
erts and Robert S. Gould. The school was opened and taught in
the Temporary Capitol until the first of January, 1884, when it
was removed to the University building in the west wing, which
had then been completed. And thus was established the main
branch of the University of Texas.
In conclusion, it should be recollected that this is not an at-
tempted history of the University of Texas, but only some account
of its establishment, by stating what had been previously done to-
wards it, and by stating, to the extent of a limited information,
what I and others said and did. In a Democratic Republic, no one
man can accomplish any great measure of government. He may
start or revive the movement for it, or strongly advocate it, or lead
in the steps taken for it; still, there must be a public opinion active-
ly demanding it, and those who are in authoritative control of the
government must co-operate in its final consummation. If all that
each person did, in his appropriate sphere of action, could be ascer-
tained and stated, it would doubtless fill an ordinary-sized volume.
I happened to be placed in a position in which it became my
duty to direct the course of public affairs in the administration
of the State government as best I could, and being strongly im-
pressed with the public necessity for a University, I simply en-
deavored to have created throughout the State a public opinion,
pressing for it, by enlisting the efforts and influence of the teach-
ers, and through them, the people generally interested in educa-
tion, and presented the subject before the Legislature.
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