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WILLIAM HARDING MAYES
William Harding Mayes, retired professor of journalism, died on June 26, 1939. He was 78.
Professor Mayes was born on May 20, 1861, in Mayfield, Kentucky. He attended Paducah District Methodist College at Milburn, Kentucky, Norton's English and Classical School at Union City, Tennessee, and Vanderbilt University. In 1914 Daniel Baker College in Brownwood, Texas, conferred an honorary doctorate on him.
He was admitted to the Kentucky and Texas bars in 1881 and 1882, respectively. He practiced law in Mayfield, Kentucky, and in Brownwood, Texas. He served as county attorney of Brown County in 1882-1883. He was editor and publisher of the Brownwood Bulletin from 1887 to 1914. He was lieutenant governor of Texas in 1913-1914.
In 1914 Professor Mayes joined the faculty of The University of Texas at Austin, serving as the founding chairman of the new program in journalism. He led the department for twelve years.
Professor Mayes served as president of the Texas Press Association in 1900-1901. He was president of the National Editorial Association in 1908-1909, and president of the Association of American Schools and Departments of Journalism in 1920-1921. He also served as the executive vice president of the Texas Centennial Committee in 1936.
In 1940 the University acquired Professor Mayes' eighty-volume journalism library, which emphasizes the history of the Texas press.
John R. Durbin, Secretary
The General Faculty
Biographical sketch prepared by Teresa Palomo Acosta and posted on the Faculty Council web site on January 18, 2001. Additional biographical sources can be found in the Barker Texas History Center and the New Handbook of Texas,Texas State Historical Association, 1996.