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,