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Crane, at the age of forty-seven, knew the educational field as
well as any man in the South. The list of institutions with which
he had been associated in one capacity or another read like a
directory of American colleges. He had been educated at Mount
Pleasant Classical Institution in Massachusetts, Richmond Col-
lege, Columbian College (now George Washington University),
and Hamilton Literary and Theological Institution (now Colgate
University). He had taught at Freeman Classical Institution in
Georgia, had founded the Yazoo Classical Hall for boys in Mis-
sissippi, and had been president of Mississippi Female College,
Semple-Broaddus University in Mississippi, and Mount Lebanon
University. He had declined the presidencies of at least five other
institutions, including Mississippi College and William Jewell
College, and had been instrumental in the establishment of
Howard College in Alabama, Union University in Tennessee, and
Mississippi College. He had been a featured speaker at, and a
strong contender for a professorship in, the University of Mis-
sissippi at the time when the Baptists were trying to gain control
of that institution.3
Crane numbered among his professional associates and literary
acquaintances such distinguished editors and educators as Barnas
Sears, Robert Fleming, Thomas J. Conant, Basil Manly, E A. P.
Barnard, James P. Boyce, Francis Wayland, Henry Barnard, R.
B. C. Howell, and M. W. Philips, Mississippi's "Sage of Log Hall."'
He had edited or co-edited several religious journals, contributed
articles to many of the leading periodicals, actively participated
in the Bible revision movement, and been one of the founders of
sFor biographical data on Crane see Biographical Encyclopedia of Texas (New
York, 1880), I, 137-140; William Cathcart (ed.), The Baptist Encyclopedia (Phil-
adelphia, 1883), 289-290; Texas Historical and Biographical Magazine (Austin,
1891), I, 305-30o; Hoyt Ford, The Life and Works of Dr. William Carey Crane
(Master's thesis, University of Texas, 1926); David L. Smiley, "William Carey
Crane, Professor of Old Mississippi," Journal of Mississippi History, XII, 98 if.;
C. George Wolfskill, The Educational Philosophy of William Carey Crane (Master's
thesis, Baylor University, 1947); Harry F. Snapp, The Mississippi Career of William
Carey Crane (Master's thesis, Baylor University, 1953); and a draft of Crane's
letter to the editor of the Christian Watchman and Reflector (Boston), December,
4Wolfskill, Educational Philosophy of William Carey Crane, 152-165. The numer-
ous letters of M. W. Philips to Crane are a valuable source of information about
the educational history of Mississippi during the 1850's.
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