The Texas Tribune (“Away from Spotlight, Perry Baptized”) doubtless was well-intentioned in identifying Rufus C. Burleson as “the founder of Baylor University” but was not correct.
District Judge R.E.B. Baylor, Rev. William M. Tryon and Rev. James Huckins were the founders of Baylor University at Independence, Texas.
Burleson was its second president (1851-61), then was president of Waco University (1861-86) and finally was president of the combined Baylor University at Waco (1886-97).
Arguably he was the most important leader for Baylor during its first half-century, but not its “founder.”
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