The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 5, July 1901 - April, 1902 Page: 59
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and took a deep interest in its success and welfare. He served as
its chaplain from 1898 to the time of his death. In a letter dated
March 28th, 1901, addressed to Mr. E. Pennington, of Brenham,
he stated that be was collecting data and material, and proposed
when his book had been finished to write a history of the associa-
tion from its organization. He did not expect to live to complete
it, but would leave the work in such a shape that when the last
member had "crossed to the other side" the final chapter could be
written, and the record of the association rounded up and forever
Dr. Burleson's ambition was to obtain for Baylor University a
high place among institutions of learning in America, and he felt
that he had accomplished as much, but this by no means affected
his interest in the cause of education in general. In 1870 he
attended the meeting of the National Educational Association held
in Niagara Falls, New York, and made much reputation through
the breadth of his views expressed in an address delivered before
that learned body of men. He continued to attend the annual
meetings of the association, and at one time was made one of the
vice-presidents. He was also much interested in the work of the
Texas Teachers' Association, and attended nearly all the meetings,
and presided over its deliberations for several years.
Three elements of character appeared in Dr. Burleson in an emi-
nent degree: courage, coolness, and continuity of purpose. "Never
get mad, never get scared," was one of his mottoes, and he adhered
to it religiously. He was as courageous as Julius Casar, and he
never lost his temper. He was a stranger to the feeling of dis-
couragement, and when every condition seemed to conspire to
defeat his purpose and scatter the work of his hands into viewless
air, it was then his determination conquered all obstacles. When
he was confronted with a mighty difficulty, his slender form
seemed to take on the proportions of a giant. Another remark-
able element of character was his endurance, physical and
mental. On one occasion this writer saw him step out on the
campus at Independence, where a hundred boys were playing "hot
ball," and offer himself as a target for the whole crowd. He was
pelted a hundred times with solid rubber balls, and one hundred
blue spots must have been made on his body, but he was as obdu-
rate and unmoved as the sturdy liveoak under which he stood while
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