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Leslie Waggener, professor of English and history and former president ad interim of The University of Texas at Austin, died on August 19, 1896. He was 54.
Professor Waggener was born on September 11, 1841, in Trenton, Kentucky. He graduated from Bethel College in Russellville, Kentucky, in 1860, and received a master's degree from Harvard University in 1861.
Professor Waggener served as a private and later as assistant adjutant of his brigade in the Confederate Army. He took part in the Hundred Days' March from Dalton to Atlanta, Georgia, in 1864. Following the Civil War, he served in various capacities at Bethel College, including professor of English and president.
After joining the first faculty of the University in 1883, Professor Waggener served as chairman of the faculty and chief executive officer from 1884 to 1894. He led the University through its first challenging years and set high standards for its development. When the University established the office of president, Professor Waggener was elected president ad interim for 1895-96.
In 1932 Waggener Hall at UT Austin was named after him.
John R. Durbin, Secretary
The General Faculty
Biographical sketch prepared by Teresa Palomo Acosta and posted on the Faculty Council web site on December 20, 2000. Additional biographical sources can be found in the Barker Texas History Center and the New Handbook of Texas, Texas State Historical Association, 1996.