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Chilton graduated from the National Normal University at Lebanon, Ohio and was then teacher and principal of the Orleans (Indiana) Graded school and Training Institute. He received a letter of introduction from the Indiana state superintendent and came to Texas to start the Texas Normal College in Denton. Chilton died February 12, 1896 after a three year long illness at the age of forty-three in Bryantsville, Indiana. He died beliveing that he had failed in his attempt to make a mark in the world, the founding of the Texas Normal College. (Biographical information from Rogers, James L. The Story of North Texas. 2002)

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President Carter was born in 1915 and graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1946. He also attended Texas Christian University on his way to becoming certified public accountant. He came to North Texas State University in 1955 and was named university comptroller in 1961. In 1965 he was promoted to vice president for fiscal affairs. He then became acting President in 1970, while the search for a new President was under way.

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Crumley was born February 1863 at Elizabethton, Tennessee. He attended Maryville College in Maryville, Tennessee. He received his bachelor of arts degree from National Normal University in Lebanon, Ohio and a Ph.D. in Latin from John Hopkins University.  He taught in public schools in Tennessee and Texas: Principal of Chilhowee Academy in Sevier County, Tennessee; Professor and President of Texas Normal College in Denton,Texas; President of Holbrook Normal College in Fountain City, Tennessee; Professor of Latin at Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio; his last position was Assistant and Associate Forester at the Ohio Experiment Station.

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Terrill came to Denton from Terrill College in Decherd, Tennessee; a school founded by his father. He learned from his father the complications of running a small private school. President Terrill helped to make the Normal College into a State Normal College. Unfortunately, he did not become the first President of the new State Normal College.  He went on to study at Yale University and then came back to Texas. He then started his own school in Dallas, Terrill School, a preparatory school for boys. President Terrill died in February 1931. (Biographical information from Rogers, James L. The Story of North Texas, 2002)

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Kendall was born in Wilkes County, Georgia on November 4, 1849. He attended the University of Georgia, but from a lack of means left before the end of the college year. He started teaching in South Carolina. In 1870 he attended the University of Virginia and studied there for two years. He took enough classes to equal a Master's degree, but the classes had irregular grouping and no attempt was made to shape it into a degree.

He came to Texas in 1874 and helped organize the Honey Grove High School of the Paris District Conference in 1875 and the Walcott Institute in 1881. In 1884 he took the presidency of Pritohett Institute in Glasgow, Missouri, then in 1891 was elected superintendent of Honey Grove, Texas. While at this posistion he conducted summer normal schools as a secretary of the Executive Committee, was president of the Texas State Teacers' Association, and was elected Sate Superintendent of Public Instruction.  In 1901 he resigned and took up the call to organize and control the North Texas State Normal.

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This collection contains letters to the Board of Regent members, the Attorney General, and correspondence between Texas College Presidents. It also contains budgetary and financial records, including scholarships and funding. There are school publications, advertisements, class offerings, and summers school. There are also faculty meeting minutes, faculty contracts, affiliations and standards, certificates and correspondence with clubs. Photograhs and personal writings are also included.

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President Marquis was born in Goliad County in 1880. He received an A.B.  from Texas Christian Univeristy, a B.S. from the University of Texas and a M.S. from the University of Chicago. He taught at Jarvis College, John Tarleton College, and Sam Houston State Normal. He also taught at West Texas State Normal College until he moved to Denton to teach biology. He then became president of Sul Ross State Normal and then returned to Denton to become the President at North Texas State Teachers College.

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President McConnell was born April 12, 1883 in Batesville, Arkansas. He taught in rural schools and high schools in Wise county and Boyd.  He attended North Texas State Normal College and received a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Denver. He started teaching at North Texas State Normal College in 1916 and finished his master's degree at Denver in summer sessions. He became a professor and then dean of the college in 1923. He received a Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1925. He was president of the Association of Texas Colleges, served on the executive council of the American Association of Teachers Colleges, and as president of the Council of Texas State Teachers College Presidents and the Southern Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools. He was also elected as a fellow in the American Association for the Advancemenof Science and the Texas Academy of Science. He was elected President of North Texas State TEachers College following the death of President Marquis. (Biographical information from Rogers, James L. The Story of North Texas, 2002)

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In 1920, J.C. Matthews (’25) left his family’s peanut farm in Thalia, yearning to pursue a teaching degree. J.C., Matthews, who received a bachelor of arts degree with a major in history and a minor in English from UNT in 1925. He married Rena Mae Waggoner, a fellow 1925 graduate, and began teaching in the North Texas Demonstration School -- an elementary and secondary school on campus that served as a training laboratory for UNT education students under the direction of degreed teachers. In 1932, after receiving master's and doctoral degrees from George Peabody College for Teachers, now a part of Vanderbilt University, Matthews became a professor of education at North Texas. He also served as director of the Demonstration School and of student teaching and became the first dean of what is now UNT's College of Education in 1946. He was then named vice president of UNT and, in 1952, became the president. Matthews served as president for 16 years, retiring in 1968. J.C. Matthews died in 1996.

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John J. Kamerick served as President of North Texas State University (now the University of North Texas) from 1968 to 1970.  This collections contains the records of the Kamerick Administration from 1968 to 1970.  Topics include organizations, academics, legislative issues, faculty, student affairs, fiscal affairs, and colleges of the University.

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This collection contains material from Howard W. Smith, Jr.'s time as interm president of UNT from 1981-1982. Items include correspondence, reports, meeting minutes, telephone logs, foundation documents, alumni letters, publications, and meeting minutes from various departments, such as Academic Affairs, Athletics, Finance, Legal, the various colleges, education associations, and the city council.

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Papers and artifacts that document Norval Pohl's service as President of the University of North Texas from 2000 to 2006. These years represent his term as president. Some documents are dated as early as 1994, which were inherited or contemporarily covered information involving earlier dates.

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