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
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 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,