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Dr William Henry Frazer
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Birth: Sep. 16, 1873
Chambers County
Alabama, USA
Death: Jun. 19, 1953
Mecklenburg County
North Carolina, USA

President of Queens College, now Queens University of Charlotte (North Carolina) 1921 - 1939.
"The LaFayette Sun - "June 24, 1908:

Rev. W. H. Frazer Honored.

Rev. Henry Frazer, formerly of LaFayette, but now a prominent Presbyterian minister of Anderson, S.C., has had the Doctor of Divinity degree conferred on him by the Presbyterian College of South Carolina. The following notice is clipped from one of the Anderson, S.C. papers:

The Presbyterian College of South Carolina at Clinton has conferred the degree of doctor of divinity upon Rev. W. H. Frazer, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of the city. Announcement of this act of the board of trustees of the college was made this morning.
Dr. Frazer came to Anderson from Macon, Ga., about two years ago to become the pastor of the First Church. Since his pastorate started here he has become a real Andersonian and there is no minister within the gates of the city who is more generally beloved and respected than he. His many friends here and elsewhere will be delighted to hear of the conferring of this degree upon him. That he is worthy of the honor, and will wear it with credit to the college bestowing it will be unanimously agreed.
From "The Coronet - 1938", yearbook of Queens Chicora College, Charlotte, North Carolina:

Dr. Frazer became president of Queens Chicora College in 1921. During his first year students received the privilege of self government. For several years Dr. Frazer worked to pay off the $60,000 debt, and not content with reaching his goal, he successfully managed to raise an endowment of several hundred thousand dollars. Under his guidance many buildings have been added to the school equipment, the practice house, the Godard's house, the sorority houses, the Day Student house, Blair Union, and the Sara E. Morrison Dining Hall. During Dr. Frazer's administration the library has been extended from twelve hundred to approximately fifteen thousand volumes; the curriculum has been advanced in many ways; and as a crowning event, Queens Chicora was admitted to the Southern Association of Secondary Schools and Colleges in 1932.
Dr. Frazer's ability lies along more than just these material lines. He also has extended the name and patronage of Queens Chicora College throughout the South.
Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, pages 236-237:

William Henry Frazer (1873-1953), clergyman and educator, was born in Lafayette, Alabama, the son of John Alexander and Nancy Emiline Abernathy Frazer. He was a direct descendant of John Frazer, an native Scot, who settled in Richmond County, North Carolina in 1747. After attending the local schools at Lafayette, Frazer entered Southwestern Presbyterian University, Clarksville, Tennessee in 1893, and was graduated with a bachelor of arts degree four years later. He spent the next two years at Union Theological Seminary, Richmond, Virginia, where he earned the bachelor of divinity degree. Later he was the recipient of three honorary degrees - doctor of divinity, Presbyterian College of South Carolina (1909); doctor of literature, Davidson College (1929); and doctor of laws, Southwestern University of Memphis (1937).
Ordained to the Presbyterian ministry in 1899, Frazer served successfully as pastor of the Georgia Avenue Presbyterian Church, Atlanta (1899-1901); the Tatnall Square Presbyterian Church, Macon, Georgia (1901-1906); and the First Presbyterian Church, Anderson, South Carolina (1906-1917). While in Anderson, his interest in youth produced the innovative Frazer Fitting School for Boys, an academy-type institution that emphasized the classics and current literature to prepare males of high school age for college and university. He served as headmaster of the school until 1917. That summer he accepted the presidency of Belhaven College, Jackson, Mississippi, a co-educational institution established in 1894 under Presbyterian auspicies. His four years of successful leadership there attracted the attention of church leaders, including the trustees of Queens College, Charlotte, North Carolina, who in 1921 offered him the presidency of that Presbyterian school. Frazer accepted the appointment. In 1930, Chicora College, Columbia, South Carolina, was merged with Queens to become Queens-Chicora College.
Frazer may have been the only college president in the history of American education who served eleven years before his formal inauguration-a ceremony hallowed by most institutions and their leaders. He insisted he not be inducted until he had accomplished several projects at Queens College. The first of these was its accreditation by the appropriate regional agencies. He found the collge deficient in twenty-one brackets, which were not attained until the fall of 1921. He also wanted to add at least $400,000 to the college's endowment. A third objective was to effect the merger between Queens and Chicora College, then a struggling church school, with the blessing and support of Chicora's alumna and Presbyterian churches in South Carolina. When these goals were met, his inauguration was included as part of the commencement program in late May 1933. During his presidency, Queens-Chicora was fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools, enrollment doubled, and gifts to the college totaled more than $600,000 - one-third for buildings and two-thirds for endowment. In addition, Frazer was a polular lecturer and civic club and commencement speaker.
Throughout his career in educational administration, Frazer was in great demand as a supply and interim preacher in churches of all denominations. After his retirement in 1939 from the presidency of Queens-Chicora College (later to be known again as Queens College) at age 66, he served eight years as pastor of the Presbyterian Church of Pineville, North Carolina, before "retiring" again in 1947. For the next six years, he was stated supply at several Presbyterian churches in Alabama and Florida.
An avid reader, Frazer owned a large private library and in his middle years devoted much of his free time to writing. Among his published works were "Bible Notes for Bible Students" (1924), "The Possumist and other Stories" (1924), "Fireside Musings of Uncle Rastus and Aunt Randy" (1925), and "Challenging Mantles" (1926). During the years after 1906, he often contributed articles to various denominational journals and periodicals and wrote frequently on problems of race and society. Typical were his series on "The Afro-American-His Past, Present and Future" and "The Social Separation of the Races". His observations were tolerant and prophetic.
In fraternal circles, Frazer was an active leader in Masonry completing the Scottish Rite and the York Rite. He was also a Shriner and a member of the Knights of Pythias. In both of these organizations he held high local and state offices, at one time he was grand chaplain of the grand chapter, and of the grand council of Masons in South Carolina. While he lived at Jackson, Mississippi, he continued his membership in Kiwanis International and was for one term governor of the Kiwanis district that included the entire states of Louisiana and Mississippi. In his heyday he was one of Kiwanis International's most popular spekers and committeemen.
On October 29, 1899, at Lafayette, Alabama, Frazer married his childhood sweetheart, Sarah Winnie Jones, daughter of James Thomas Jones and his wife of LaFayette. They had three children: Winnie Love Frazer, William Henry Frazer, Jr. (who died in his youth), and Emily Frazer (Mrs. James B. Kuykendall, Jr.).
While vacationing in Charlotte, North Carolina, Frazer was the victim of an automobile accident and died a few days later. Burial followed in Lafayette, Alabama, where his wife had been interred several years before. Both of his daughters survived him.
1900 Fulton County, (Atlanta-Ward 3) GA Census:


William H. Frazer 26M Minister Born Sept. 1873 in AL
Sallie J. Frazer 23F Wife Born July 1875 in GA
1910 Anderson County, (Anderson) SC Census:


William H. Frazer 36M Minister-Presbyterian Church Born AL
Sallie J. Frazer 33F Wife Born GA (Mother of 3 children; 2 living)
Winnie L. Frazer 8F Daughter Born AL
Emily Frazer 3F Daughter Born AL
Maggie Conner 38F Boarder Teacher Born SC
Mary Felder 29F Boarder Teacher Born SC
Levi Cecil 30M Boarder Teacher Born NC
1940 Mecklenburg County, (Charlotte-Nations Ford Road) NC Census:


William H. Frazer 66M Minister Born AL
Sallie J. Frazer 63F Wife Born GA
Winnie L. Frazer 36F Daughter Bookkeeper-College Born AL
Clara E. Jones 66F Sister-in-law Born GA
Family links: 
  John A. Frazer (1841 - 1919)
  Nancy Emeline Abernathy Frazer (1847 - 1914)
  Sallie Jones Frazer (1876 - 1943)
  Winnie Love Frazer (1901 - 1995)*
  William Henry Frazer (1904 - 1904)*
  Emily Frazer Kuykendall (1906 - 1993)*
  John Franklin Frazer (1871 - 1961)*
  William Henry Frazer (1873 - 1953)
  Alexander Russell Frazer (1875 - 1931)*
  Eley Cappleman Frazer (1878 - 1952)*
  Benjamin Rea Frazer (1881 - 1944)*
*Calculated relationship
LaFayette Cemetery
Chambers County
Alabama, USA
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Record added: Aug 14, 2011
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