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Paul Brandon Barringer



September 1, 1907-July 1, 1913

Paul Brandon Barringer. --- Sixth president, 1907-13. Born Feb. 13, 1857, in Concord, N.C., son of Confederate Gen. Rufus Barringer and grandson of Gen. Paul B. Barringer, leader in the War of 1812. Early education at Bingham School near Ashville, N.C., and at Kenmore University School, Amherst Courthouse, Va. Enrolled at University of Virginia in 1875, receiving M.D. degree in 1877. Also received M.D. from the University of the City of New York in 1877. Practiced medicine at Dallas, N.C., for three years before going to Europe to study under medical specialists there. On return from Europe, settled on a farm near Charlotte, N.C., practicing medicine and farming. Established and headed medical preparatory school at Davidson (N.C.) College 1884-89. Accepted chair of physiology at University of Virginia in 1889. Was chairman of the faculty at U.Va. (then equivalent to president) from 1895-1903. From 1903 until he accepted presidency at V.P.I. in 1907 at age 50, he was professor of therapeutics and pharmacology at U.Va. Married Nannie Hannah of Charlotte County, Va., in 1882. Had 10 children. Received honorary LL.D. from Davidson College in 1900 and University of South Carolina in 1904. Resigned V.P.I. presidency in 1913 and returned to Charlottesville, where he practiced medicine except for a few years in military service during World War I. Died in Charlottesville on Jan. 9, 1941, at age 83.

Source: Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Historical Data Book: Centennial Editon, ed.Jenkins Mikell Robertson, Bulletin of the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, vol. 65, no. 4, 70.

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