|University Archives of Virginia Tech|
Virginia Tech Historical Data Book, Section 3.2:
Charles Landon Carter Minor - First president, 1872-79. Born Dec. 3, 1835, in Hanover County. Received M.A. from University of Virginia, 1858. After graduating from U.Va., taught in Hanover County for three years. Served as combat and staff officer for Confederacy. Was president of Maryland Agricultural College for one year after Civil War. Ran private school in Lynchburg. Became professor of Latin and director of the preparatory school, University of the South, Sewanee, Tenn., the post from which he was selected as first president of Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College. Was 36 years old on assuming presidency. Was removed from presidency in 1879. Bought Shenandoah Valley Academy at Winchester. Later taught at St. Paul's in Baltimore, Md., and Episcopal High in Alexandria. Died July 13, 1903, in Albemarle County, Va., at age 67.
John Lee Buchanan - Second president, 1880-81. Born June 19, 1831, in Rich Valley, Smyth County. Received A.B. from Emory and Henry College, 1856, and M.A. from same institution in 1860. Served as president of Emory and Henry College before becoming VAMC president at age 48. After being removed from presidency for the second time in 1881, he began teaching at Martha Washington College in Abingdon, later becoming president there. In 1884, he served on a state committee that established the State Normal Female School in Farmville (now Longwood College). Served as state superintendent of public instruction 1885-89. Began teaching at Randolph-Macon College in 1889, resigning the presidency there in 1894 to assume presidency of the University of Arkansas, where he remained until retiring in 1902. Died Jan. 19, 1922, in Rich Valley, Va., at age 90.
Thomas Nelson Conrad - Third president, 1882-86. Born Aug. 1, 1837, at Fairfax Courthouse, Va. Received A.P. at Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pa., 1857. After graduation, taught at Georgetown (D.C.) Academy until joining Third Virginia Cavalry as chaplain. Later became Confederate scout (spy), performing valuable and daring service for the Confederacy. After Civil War, taught at Upperville (Va.) Academy and Rockville (Md.) Academy before going to Christiansburg, Va., to teach at the Male Academy there. Took active part in getting VAMC located at Blacksburg. Later became principal of Male Academy and purchased The Montgomery Messenger. Served as reading clerk in House of Delegates. Became professor of English at VAMC in 1877, from which post he was elected president in 1882 at age 45. Was removed from presidency in 1886 and became chairman of the faculty at the Maryland Agricultural College. Died Jan. 5, 1905, in Washington, D.C., at age 67.
Lindsay Lunsford Lomax - Fourth president, 1886-91. Born Nov. 4, 1835, in Newport, R.I. Received B.S. from U.S. Military Academy, West Point, N.Y., 1856. Was fellow officer with Jeb Stuart in the West until both resigned their commissions in 1861 to serve with the Confederacy. Became Confederate major general. Farmed near Warrenton after the Civil War until being elected VAMC president at age 50. After being removed from office, worked in Washington, D.C., on compilation of official records of both Confederate and Union armies. Was member of Gettysburg Battlefield Commission. Died in Washington, D.C., May 28, 1913, at age 77.
John McLaren McBryde - Fifth president, 1891-1907. Born Jan. 1, 1841, in Abbeville, S.C., of Scotch immigrant parents. Entered sophomore class at South Carolina College in 1858 (17 years old). From there, entered University of Virginia, where he was at outbreak of Civil War. In January 1861 returned to Abbeville and joined a Confederate volunteer company. Saw opening shot of bombardment of Fort Sumter, S.C., from Fort Johnson. Volunteered for service in Virginia. Served in cavalry; contracted typhus. Upon recovery entered Confederate States' Treasury Department at Richmond. Two months later was assigned to War Tax Office, where he was later made a division chief. At close of war, farmed in Buckingham County, Va., until 1867, when he moved to 1,000-acre farm near Charlottesville and took an active part in organizing a Farmers' Club. Published many scientific articles, leading to an appointment as professor of agriculture and botany at the University of Tennessee. Was offered a chair at the reorganized South Carolina College. Two days after his arrival at South Carolina, was elected chairman of the faculty. Elected president of South Carolina College in May 1883. Declined offers to direct Texas Experiment Station in 1886 and to become president of the University of Tennessee in 1887. Succeeded in raising standards at South Carolina, which became a university in 1887. During state political disturbances in 1891 agricultural work was taken away from South Carolina and transferred to Clemson, and the university reverted to a college. McBryde, greatly disturbed, decided to accept an offer in 1891 to become president of VAMC at age 50. He turned down later offers to become assistant secretary of agriculture under President Cleveland, to become president of the University of Virginia, and to become president of Sweet Briar Institute. He retired in Blacksburg in 1907 and devoted time to research and writing botanical articles. He was named first "President Emeritus" of VPI in 1907 and received VPI's first honorary degree (doctor of science) in 1907. He died at age 82 on March 20, 1923, while visiting his son in New Orleans, La.
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 Asheville, 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 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 VPI 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 VPI presidency in 1913 and returned to Charlottesville, where he practiced medicine except for a few years in military service during World War 1. Died in Charlottesville on Jan. 9, 1941, at age 83.
Joseph Dupuy Eggleston - Seventh president, 1913-19. Born Nov. 13, 1867, in Prince Edward County. Attended Prince Edward Academy and Hampden-Sydney College, from which he received the A.B. in 1886 and later the A.M. degree. Married Julia Johnson of Farmville. Had one son and one daughter. Taught in public schools in Virginia, Georgia, and North Carolina from 1886-89. Taught in Asheville, N.C., high school, 1891-93, and was superintendent of public schools there from 1893-1900. Was appointed editor and secretary of Bureau of Information and Publicity of the Southern Education Board at the University of Tennessee in 1902. Was superintendent of Prince Edward County public schools 1903-05 and Virginia state superintendent of public instruction from 1906-13. Was chief of the Division of Rural Education, U.S. Bureau of Education, from Jan. 1, 1913, to July 1, 1913, when he became VPI president at age 45. Resigned presidency in 1919 to become president of Hampden-Sydney. Died March 13, 1953, at Hampden-Sydney at age 85.
Julian Ashby Burruss - Eighth president, 1919-45. Born Aug. 16, 1876, in Richmond, son of Woodson Cheadle and Cora Emmett McDowell Burruss. Entered VAMC in fall of 1894 and received B.S. in civil engineering in 1898. As a student, was editor of 1898 Bugle, captain of Battery E, and active in other student organizations. Also received A.M. degree from Columbia in 1906 after studying at Richmond and Harvard. Obtained Ph.D. from University of Chicago in 1921. Received honorary LL.D. from Hampden-Sydney in 1937. First educational post was as an instructor at Normal College, Waleska, Ga. Also instructed at Searey (Ark.) Female Institute and Speers-Langford Military Academy before returning to Richmond in 1901 as principal of the Leigh School. Made director of manual arts for Richmond public schools in 1904. Was elected first president of Harrisonburg State Teachers College (now James Madison University) in 1908 and laid out grounds there. Was elected from Harrisonburg to VPI presidency in 1919 at age 43. Married Rachel Clevand Ebbert of Covington, Ky., in 1907. Had one son and one daughter. Named president emeritus upon his retirement in 1945. Died Jan. 4, 1947, in Staunton at age 70.
John Redd Hutcheson - Ninth president, 1945-47. Born Jan. 13, 1886, near Charlotte Court House. Received B.S. from VPI in 1909, honorary D.Sci. from Clemson in 1937, and honorary D.Agric. from N.C. State College in 1947. Attended field artillery officer training school during World War I. Was director of VPI Agricultural Extension Service from 1919 to 1945, when he was made executive assistant to President Burruss and later acting president. Was elected VPI president on Aug. 14, 1945, at age 59. Married Eleanor Parrott of Blacksburg in 1917. Had two sons and one daughter. When illness forced his retirement as president in 1947, he became first VPI chancellor, a post in which he served until retiring the position in 1956. Was elected first president of VPI Educational Foundation Inc. in 1948, and served in that position until his death in Blacksburg Jan. 13, 1962, at age 76.
Walter Stephenson Newman - Tenth president, 1947-62. Born July 20, 1895, in Woodstock Va., son of WaIter Hickman and Sallie Bird Stephenson Newman. Attended Shenandoah County schools. Received A.B. at Hampden-Sydney, 1917; M.S., VPI, 1919; Ph.D., Pennsylvania State, 1931; and honorary LL.D. from both Roaonke College, 1949, and Hampden-Sydney, 1959. Was vocational agriculture teacher in Windsor, Va., 1912-22; associate professor of vocational education at VPI 1922-25; state superintendent of vocational education, 1925-30 and 1931-42; assistant state superintendent of public instruction, 1942-46; state administrator of National Youth Administration, 1936-42; one of founders of Future Farmers of Virginia (later grew into FFA) in 1926. Married Liz Otey Hoge of Blacksburg, June 23, 1920; had one son. Named first VPI vice-president in 1946. Elected president Sept. 1, 1947, at age 52. Retired June 30, 1962, and elected president emeritus. Elected president of National Bank of Blacksburg in 1967.
Thomas Marshall Hahn Jr. - Eleventh president, 1962-1974. Born Dec. 2, 1926, in Lexington, Ky. Attended Lexington, Ky., public schools. Re- ceived B.S. degree in physics "with highest honors" from University of Kentucky in 1945 at age 18 and Ph.D. in physics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1950 at age 23. Was lecturer in physics at U.S. Naval Academy Preparatory School while serving in Navy. Was also physicist, Naval Ordnance Laboratory, 1946-47; teaching fellow, M.I.T., 1947-48; research assistant M.I.T.,1948-50; associate professor of physics, University of Kentucky, 1950-52; professor, director of graduate study in physics, and director of nuclear accelerator laboratories at Kentucky,1952-54; professor and head of physics, VPI, 1954-59; dean of arts and sciences, Kansas State, 1959-62. Served as president, Southern Association of State Universities; member of board of visitors, Air University; member of board of visitors, Ferrum Junior College; member, Governor's Commission on the Status of Women; chairman, Virginia Metropolitan Areas Study Commission; director of several businesses. Named "Virginia's Outstanding Citizen" in 1965 by Toastmaster's International. Married Margaret Louise Lee of Dinwiddie County, Va. Has one son and two daughters (Bill, Betty, Anne). Assumed presidency of VPI on July 1, 1962, at age 35, the youngest president in Tech's history.
VT History | Digital Library and Archives | Special Collections | University Archives
Send questions or comments to:
Tamara Kennelly, University Archivist
P.O. Box 90001
Blacksburg, VA, 24062-9001
Last Modified on: Tuesday, 25-Sep-2001 08:16:07 EDT