The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 58, July 1954 - April, 1955 Page: 421
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William Carey Crane and Texas Education
later the State Teachers Association accepted the committee's rec-
ommendations, which, with certain modifications suggested by
Governor Roberts, became the basis of the present University of
Texas. Because of confusion over the correct date of the conven-
tion-a confusion which Crane and Burleson suspected was inten-
tional-Crane and many of his friends were not present to oppose
the committee's report. "We have been 'bucked' out of our called
convention," fumed Burleson. "Our views are ignored and mis-
Many of Crane's supporters believed that the establishment
of the state university was a "master stroke for infidelity and
skepticism" and would "sound the death knell of denominational
education."4 But Crane took defeat philosophically and passively
accepted the new institution. He believed, however, that it would
fail unless it concentrated its efforts on graduate and professional
training and won the friendship of denominational schools, which,
he declared, would "exist and flourish so long as the memory
of Jesus Christ exists on earth.""44
One month before his demise in 1885, Crane, learning of a
death in his family, made the following pathetic entry in his
diary: "Mine has been the hardest lot. Afar, from any blood
relations, among strangers and often among enemies open or
concealed, faced by difficulties, misunderstood and misrepre-
sented, my lot has been a hard one."45 Crane's lot was a difficult
one, and he was often misunderstood and unappreciated, but
subsequent generations have come to honor him for his mag-
nificent crusade for Christian education in Texas. A county bears
his name by legislative action, and, in respect to his memory, his
remains were reinterred in the state cemetery in Austin in 1937
as a part of the centennial program. On his tombstone is en-
graved his own simple epitaph: "He gave his life to the cause
of education and religion in Ga., Ala., Miss., La. and Texas."
42Ibid.; Wolfskill, Educational Philosophy of William Carey Crane, 127-129; Eby,
Development of Education in Texas, 288; S. T. Anderson to Crane, February 9, 1881,
and Rufus C. Burleson to Crane, February 2o, 1881 (MS., Crane Papers, Texas
Collection, Baylor University).
48Henry Haynes to Crane, February 3, 1881, in ibid.
44W. C. Crane, "Facts and Figures," Baylor Aegis, December, 1882.
45Crane Diary, January 16, 1885 (MS., Crane Papers, Texas Collection, Baylor
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