The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 5, July 1901 - April, 1902 Page: 56
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56 Zexas Historical Association Quarterly.
was to be turned over to Union Association for educational pur-
poses, and the name and State-wide character of the school
removed. This resolution also included Baylor Female College at
For the purpose of executing the provisions of this resolution a
committee with plenary powers was created by the convention.
This committee, after several sessions, met in Temple in Novem-
ber, 1884, and, after the propositions from towns that had
announced as candidates for the location had been opened and con-
sidered, decided to remove Baylor Female College from Independ-
ence to Belton, consolidate Baylor with Waco University, and
locate the consolidated University at Waco. There was effected at
the same time a partial consolidation of the faculty of the two
schools, and also of the boards of trustees. Dr. R. C. Burleson was
elected president of the two universities thus merged into one, and
Dr. Reddin Andrews vice-president.
Dr. Burleson, who was now 62 years old, felt the school to be his
creation; and, while he claimed no proprietary rights, he had man-
aged it with great success in the past, and felt fully competent to
do so in the future. The board of the unified school recognized
and respected Dr. Burleson's long service and ability, but were
self-assertive, feeling that they had some authority which president
and faculty were bound to respect. Hence arose something of a
clash, with which it would hardly be profitable to deal here.
In 1898 Dr. Burleson was 75 years old, and the trustees of the
university, to relieve him as far as possible from the weight of
responsibility and worry, elected him president emeritus on full
pay, and thus ended his public life.
In a sermon preached in Brenham in 1888, Dr. Burleson used
this language, which is given in full, as it contains an item of his-
tory which has not found its way into any of his biographies: "I
have spent the last forty-seven years with the young in college
halls. I have instructed in the last thirty-seven years in the
halls of Baylor University over four thousand five hundred
young ladies and gentlemen. As agent of the Peabody fund for
Texas, I canvassed one hundred and twenty-seven counties and
addressed not less than sixty thousand young people on the subject
of education." Dr. Burleson continued to represent this fund for
several years, and discharged the duties of this high trust with so
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