Wiley College
Historically Black College




A list of entries of peoples associated with Wiley College in the book "Who's who of the colored race."


BILLUPS. Henry Lee, teacher, lawyer; born at Goliad, Texas, Jan. 10, 1863; son of Washington and Matilda Billups; grad. Wiley Univ. (Acad. Dept.), 1888, B.S., 1892, M.S., 1897, Ph.B., 1905; student Univ. of Mich. Law School, 1911; LL.B., Carnegie Law School, Rogers, Ohio, 1914; married Hattie V. Goodby, of Marshall, Tex., May, 1893; 1 child: Homer M. Served 25 years in schools of Freedmen's Aid Society, as teacher, accountant, bursar, and teacher of law, 12 years at George R. Smith College, Sedalia, Mo., and 13 years in Wiley Univ.; now financial secretary $100,000 Endowment Fund for Wiley Univ.; was appointed to educational work in San Juan, Porto Rico, 1901. Admitted to Missouri bar, 1902; member law firm of Bouron & Billups, Kansas City, Mo. Member M. E. General Conference 3 times. Republican. Mason; member Knights of Pythias, Mosaic Templars. Address: Wiley University, Marshall, Texas.

BROWN, Robert Elmer, Sr., teacher natural science; born at Houston, Texas, Sept. 29, 1874; son of William Harrison and Lucy (Martin) Brown; A.B., Wiley Univ., 1900, A.M., 1906; studied chemistry, physics and zoology at Univ. of Chicago, 1903; correspondence course in chemistry from International Correspondence Schools, 1904; finished course in Nyles Bryant Piano Tuning School; married Sal lie Bertha Donegan, of Huntsville, Ala., July 29, 1903; 5 children: Robert E. Jr., Elias W. (deceased), Frederic Marion, Richard Shepard, Lyman Donegan. Began as teacher at Philander Smith College, Little Rock, Ark., 1900; head instructor in department of natural science at Wiley Univ., since 1901; without any appropriation to aid, he worked for years to build up this department to its present high standard, in which instruction is now given in chemistry and zoology; instructor in physics and psychology as applied to teaching in Tex., 5 years; taught physiology in Nurse Training Dept. of Shepherd Sanitarium, 1913-14. Organized the choir, the band, orchestra, quartette, and the first Willing Workers' of Wiley Univ.; toured Texas and Arkansas as baritone soloist with the Wiley Jubilee Singers, 1897, with Male Quartette, 1910; modernized many jubilee songs for quartettes, and wrote "The Busy Bees' operetta. Was drummer boy in Co. D., Texas State Militia, colored, stationed at Bryan, 1889-90. Republican; collector of data on migratory birds for U. S. Department of Agriculture, 1903-4. Methodist. Member National Association for Advancement of Colored People. Club: Searchlight (Little Rock, Ark.). Author (pamphlets): Look Ere You Leap, 1900; Souvenir History of the Science Department of Wiley University, 1910. Address: Wiley University, Marshall, Texas.

CANNADY, Beatrice Hulon Morrow, associate editor, public speaker; born at Littig, Texas, Jan. 9, 1890; daughter of George M. and Mary Francis (Carter) Morrow; public school edn., Houston, Texas; attended New Orleans Univ., 1905-6; grad. Wiley Univ., Marshall, Tex., 1908; specialized at Burton School of Domestic Science and Art, and studied voice culture in Kimball Hall, Univ. of Chicago, summers, 1908, 09; married, June 27, 1912, Edward Daniel Cannady, founder of the Advocate, Portland, Ore.; 1 child: George Edward Morrow C. Teacher, 1908-12, in literary and domestic depts., Gilbert College, Baldwin, La., and High School, Guthrie, Okla.; associate editor and business partner with husband since Aug., 1913; speaker on race problems at clubs and before audiences of white people; took active part in campaign, 1914, and speaker for candidates in campaign of 1915; Republican. Methodist . Secretary of Portland branch National Association for Advancement of Colored People; also secretary Wanauma Chapter No. 29, Order Eastern Star. Club: Swastika. Address: 520 E. 26th St. N., Portland, Ore.

HAYMAN, George Washington, physician, surgeon; born at Sherman, Ark., Aug. 3, 1866; son of Nelson and Sarah Ann Hayman; prep. edn. Wiley Univ., Marshall, Texas; M.D., Meharry Medical College (Walden Univ.), Nashville, Tenn., 1893; (Ph.B., Philander Smith College, Little Rock, Ark., 1899, A.M., 1903); post-graduate work at Chicago Clinical, Cook County Hospital, Alexian Brothers Hospital, St. Augustine Hospital, of Chicago, 1ll., 1900; married Lillie L. Ingram, of Little Rock, Feb. 15, 1899; 6 children: George, Pearl, Ruth, Joseph H., Wendell Phillips, Naomi, William A. Taught schools in Ark. and Tex. 10 years; began practice in Lewisville, Ark.; practiced in Little Rock since 1893, also lecturer on hygiene at Philander Smith College; pension examiner in Little Rock Dist., 1900; now medical examiner for Standard Life Insurance Co. One of organizers and former secretary Colored Business League of Ark.; helped organize Colored State Medical Assn., and served as president; appointed member vice commission by Mayor Charles E. Taylor, 1912. Secretary Republican Central Committee of Pulaskl County; judge of election in 3d Ward, 1912; was special representative to Arkansas Negro Suffrage League. Methodist. Member National Medical Assn. Mason; past grand chancellor and past medical examiner Grand Lodge, Knights of Pythias of Ark.; member Knights of Tabor, United Brothers of Friendship. Club: Lincoln Emancipation (secretary). Home: 1024 Gaines St. Office: 614 W. 9th St., Little Rock, Ark.

JEFFERSON, James Alvin, physician; born at Columbus, Tex., Oct. 22, 1871; son of Adam Jefferson; student Wiley Univ., Marshall, Tex., 1889-93, Prairie View State Normal and Industrial College, 1894; M.D., Marquette Univ., Medical Dept., Milwaukee, Wis., 1911; married Octavia O. Billups, of Goliad, Tex., Sept. 12, 1894; 3 children: James B., Clementine Anita, Chauncey D. Teacher in public schools of Tex., 7 years; practiced medicine in Des Moines, la., since Apr. 1, 1912. President Cosmopolitan Literary Society. Republican. African Methodist. Mason; member Knights of Pythias, Odd Fellows, International Order of Twelve. Club: Des Molnes Negro Lyceum. Home: 1322 Day St. Office: 764 9th St., Des Molnes, la.

MASON, Henry James, secretary, registrar; born at Hockley, Tex., Nov. 23, 1884; son of Gary Henry and Rhoda (Greeley) Mason; ed. public schools, Hockley; student Wiley Univ.; unmarried. Secretary to president of Wiley Univ., Marshall, Tex., 1903-7; assistant business mgr. Southwestern Christian Advocate, New Orleans, La., 1907-10; secretary to president and registrar at Prairie View State Normal and Industrial College, Tex., since 1910. Episcopalian. Correspondent for Houston Daily Post, Houston Daily Chronicle, Galveston News. Home: Hockley. Office: Prairie View, Texas.

PICKENS, Minnie G. McAlpine, music teacher; born at York, Ala., Apr. 17, 1880; daughter of Susie Grant; grad. Lincoln School, Meridian, Miss.; A.B., Tougaloo Univ., 1902; married William Pickens, Aug. 10, 1905; 3 children: William, Jr., Hattie Ida, Ruby Annie. Taught in grades at Lincoln Institute and Talladega College; teacher of music at Wiley Univ., since 1914. Congregationalist. Club: Dunbar (Talladega). Address: Wiley University, Marshall, Texas.

PICKENS, William, teacher; born In Anderson County, S. C., Jan. 15, 1881; son of Jacob P. and Fannie (Porter) Pickens; grad. high school, Little Rock, Ark., 1899; A. B., Talladega College, Ala., 1902; A.B., Yale, 1904; A.M., Fisk Univ., Nashville, Tenn., 1908; married Minnie Cooper McAlpine, of Meridian, Miss., Aug. 10, 1905; 3 children: William, Jr., Hat- tie Ida W., Ruby Annie. Teacher in Talladega College, 1904-14, at Wiley Univ., Marshall, Tex., since Sept., 1914. Methodist. Republican. Member Nat'l Assn. for Advancement of Colored People, also various educational assns. Mason; member Odd Fellows, Mosaic Templars. Author: Abraham Lincoln, Man and Statesman, 1909; Frederick Douglass and the Spirit of Freedom, 1912; The Heir of Slaves, 1912; A Visit to the Art Centers of the Old World, 1912. Won the Ten Eyck Prize in oratorical contest, Yale Univ., 1903. Address: Wiley University, Marshall, Texas.

REED, Harry Gibson, clergyman, editor; born at Beaufort, S. C., 1855; son of Rev. G. and Martha (Ward) Reed; ed. public schools, Beaufort, S. C., and Fla.; married Matilda Wallace, of Beaufort, 1877; 3 children: Walter, Sarah, Julia. Ordained Baptist ministry, 1892, since pastor in Jacksonville, Fla.; editor Jacksonville Sunday School Lesson. Home: 1003 W. Adams St. Office: Adams and Lee Sts., Jacksonville, Fla. ^REED, John Hamilton, vice-consul- general, educator; native of America; grad. New Orleans Univ., 1891; married; 2 children: Walter, Florence. Began as teacher at Prairie View, Tex.; was professor of mathematics Wiley Univ., several years; entered M. E. ministry, secretary Texas Annual Conf., 10 years; transferred to Little Rock Conf., Ark.; pastor Wesley Chapel 4 years; a $30,000 church edifice erected there stands as the best monument of his efforts in the ministry; appointed by board of foreign missions M. E. Church to educational work in the College of West Africa at Monrovia, Liberia, 1905. Vice-consul-general to Liberia since June 15, 1908; appointed" by President Daniel E. Howard, of Liberia, as principal of Caroline Donovan Normal and Industrial Institute, Grand Bassa County, Feb., 1914; visited U. S., 1914, to interest organized financial agencies in the institute, also to purchase supplies and equipment for the school. Address: Monrovia, Liberia, W. Africa.

REYNOLDS, James Richard, teacher; born in Rockingham Co., N. C., Feb. 12, 1870; son of Henry Anderson and Julia Ann (Feuill) Reynolds; A.B., Bennett College, Greensboro, N. C., 1895, A.M., 1898; took engineering course American School of Correspondent (Armour Institute), Chicago, 1ll.; (Ph.D., Wiley Univ., 1914); married Anna B. Scott, of Staunton, Va., Sept. 20, 1900; 6 children: Arlene, Theresa, Richard, Marlon, Margarette, Harry. Teacher In Bennett College, 1895-8; principal Oxford Acad., N. C., 1888-9; teacher public schools. Win ston-Salem, 1905; prin, public schools, Reidsville, 1905-9; professor of mathematics Wiley Univ., 1909-11; led group of students who won prize for preparing college algebra key; as electrical engineer constructed lighting plant for Wiley Univ., also installed lighting system in Boley, Okla., largest Negro town in U. S.; secretary and gen.-mgr. Boley Light & Power Co. Methodist. Composer: Hadenopsis (poems), 1891; contributor of articles on High Cost of Living to Southwestern Christian Advocate, also New York Independent. Address, Baldwin, Louisiana.

WILLIAMS, Robert Simeon, bishop; born at Caddo, La., Oct. 27, 1858; son of William J. and Edith Williams, slaves; ed. public schools, Caddo; finished normal course Wiley Univ., Marshall, Tex., 1886; student Howard Univ., Washington, D. ('.. 2 yrs.; married Willie A. Nockolls, of Washington. Oct. 21, 1891; 6 children: Catherine, Artorla, Roberta, Burtelle, Edith, Georgine; also 2 adopted boys: Frank Pierce Gardner, Nathaniel Hills. Converted in Colored M. E. Church when 16 years old; soon after was refused license to preach on account of age; persistence resulted in license to exhort, then local preacher, and later to full work in ministry; first pastorate at Longview, Tex., also published the Christian Work; worked on farm 2 summers and taught school to meet expenses in college. Pastor of Israel Metropolitan Church, Washington, D. C., 1886-8, Sidney Park Ch., Columbia, S. C., 1888-92, Trinity Ch., Augusta, Ga., 1892-4; elected bishop at General Conference G. M. E. Church, Memphis, Tenn., 1894; now presiding In 2d Episcopal Dist., Including D. C., Md., N. J., Pa., N. C., S. C.; was secretary College of Bishops numbers yrs., now treasurer Its Emergency Fund; attended every general conference since 1886; delegate to Ecumenical Conference on Methodism, Washington, 1891, London, Eng., 1901; while in London preached from pulpit long occupied by John Wesley. President board trustees Miles Memorial College; vice-pres. trustee board of Paine Univ. Republican. Mason; member Odd Fellows, Mosaic Templars. Home: 912 15th St., Augusta, Ga

Who's who of the colored race: a general biographical dictionary of men and ...

by Frank Lincoln Mather - 1915