The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 5, July 1901 - April, 1902 Page: 57
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Dr. Rufus c. Burleson.
much skill that Dr. B. Sears, the general agent, paid him a just
and deservedly high compliment in a public address delivered in
Galveston shortly before his death.
In his public addresses before and after the war between the
States he advocated putting the provisions of the statutes and the
State constitution for the establishment of a university and other
educational institutions into practical effect. He earnestly insisted
that specially trained teachers for the public school system of Texas
should be provided, and it was very largely through his efforts
that the Sam Houston Normal Institute at I-Iuntsville was
founded. For thirty-seven years he had been not only a college
president, but a teacher also, and knew from observation and expe-
rience the value of special preparation for the profession of teach-
Dr. Burleson's forethought and wisdom came to his help when
the subject of co-education was being discussed by the scholars of
the world, and he may be said to be a pioneer in this great forward
movement. When he took charge of Baylor University at Inde-
pendence in 1851, he maintained that the boys and girls ought to
be educated separately, and through his efforts a male and a female
department were established, which had no more connection than
if they had been operated under different names in widely sepa-
rated towns. When, however, he took charge of Waco University
in 1861, ten years later, his mind had undergone a complete change
on this subject, and he earnestly advocated co-education before
the trustees of that school. They adopted the policy, and Waco
University has the proud distinction of being one of the earliest
institutions in the world to put co-education to a practical test.
Now there are more than two hundred of the higher institutions
of the world that are co-educational, and Dr. Burleson's wisdom
is fully endorsed by the world's most distinguished and successful
scholars and teachers.
Dr. Burleson was elected president in 1851, and served Baylor
[Waco] University continuously for exactly fifty years. The
school received his constant attention. He was the first to be seen
on the campus in the morning, and the last to retire at night.
During this half century of service as the controlling spirit in an
institution founded in a howling wilderness, his enthusiasm knew
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