The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 45, July 1941 - April, 1942 Page: 45
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The Life of Colonel R. T. Milner
As Commissioner of Agriculture, Colonel Milner was an ex-
officio member of the Board of Directors of the Agricultural
and Mechanical College at College Station. In this capacity, he
reviewed with more than ordinary concern news in 1908 of a se-
rious student strike against the president of the college, Dr. H. H.
Harrington. Deeming an investigation imminent, Judge K. K.
Legett, Chairman of the Board of Directors, and Colonel Milner
went to College Station to make some preliminary inquiries.
In spite of his complete exoneration in the hearing that fol-
lowed, Dr. Harrington's resignation was demanded by many
on the ground that it was the only way in which harmony
would be restored. After a short while, Dr. Harrington quietly
solved the Board's embarrassment by resigning. On August 7,
1908, the Board of Directors met at Corpus Christi and there
made formal acknowledgment of Dr. Harrington's resignation.
This came as a shock to no one, but when the Board's choice
for his successor was announced, surprise was general, for
Colonel R. T. Milner was named.
The Austin Statesman for August 8 observed: "The appoint-
ment of Col. Milner at the head of Agricultural and Mechanical
College is considered an excellent one here among the state
officials." The next day it discussed the appointment in more
detail. First discussing Dr. Harrington's vindication before
the Board, it went on to speak of the new president's quali-
His [Harrington's] successor is well-equipped for his
succession. Robert T. Milner is a thoroughly practical
man, and will make an acceptable president of that
He understands the general situation there and ap-
preciates its condition as well we do not doubt as any
man in the state. And he likes that sort of thing, being
an earnest exponent of just the things for which that
noble institution stands.
Trusting most sincerely that his duties may not
prove so trying and that his embarrassments may not
prove so many and intolerable as those of his prede-
cessor, we congratulate the people of Texas on the
turn of affairs and bespeak for the school which we
all hold near and dear the continued good will and
liberal patronage of a generous public.'ul
'7"Agricultural and Mechanical College Changes," the Austin Daily
Statesman, August 9, 1908.
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