The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 49, July 1945 - April, 1946 Page: 48
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
In church circles, he was not exclusively a pulpiteer but took a
leading part in all organizations.
The first attempt at Baptist association took place on October
8, 1840, when the denomination had less than one hundred mem-
bers in the Republic. Baylor was present, and in the second
gathering at Clear Creek Meeting House near Rutersville, Fay-
ette County, he was made corresponding secretary. From this
meeting the Educational Society evolved in 1843. Its officers
were R. E. B. Baylor, president; S. P. Andrews, recording sec-
retary; and J. L. Farquhar, treasurer. Its board of managers
consisted of Elders Hosea Garrett, Noah T. Byars, of Washing-
ton blacksmith fame; Richard Ellis, signer of the Declaration
of Independence; Z. N. Morrell, author of Flowers and Fruits
of the Wilderness; and Stephen Williams. This body instructed
Tryon and Baylor early in 1845 to go before the Texas Congress
and secure a charter for its contemplated school.
Tryon and Baylor drafted the charter which Congress granted
and President Anson Jones approved on February 1, 1845. It
was then discovered that the space for the name was left blank,
so that the decision for naming the institution rested with these
two men without opportunity to consult with their fellow-Bap-
tists. Baylor suggested "Tryon University" because the idea
originated with Tryon and he, had given more time and effort
to the enterprise than anyone else. Tryon protested, saying that
he "had so much to do with bringing the enterprise forward
that he feared that it might be thought he was working for his
own honor and so it might injure the prospect of the school."
Then Tryon took the charter and filled in the blank space with
the word "Baylor." The clergyman-jurist protested vigorously
for two reasons: "First, I do not think I am worthy of such
distinction and, second, my humble donation (he had given
$1,000-the largest amount then given by anyone in behalf of
education) might be misunderstood and the motives prompting
it misconstrued." Tryon, joined by Kenneth L. Anderson, vice-
president of the Republic of Texas, remained firm, and so the
institution received its present name. Baylor served on the
Board of Trustees and taught in the first law school, which
opened in 1857 and closed with the outbreak of the Civil War.
He was never married. His sister, Mrs. Metcalf, lived with him
in his home among the live oaks six miles west of Independence,
where they together enjoyed music, poetry, and paintings. He
died December 30, 1873, and was buried on the old campus at
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