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 Henry Carr Pritchett

Henry Carr Pritchett

Birth
Warren County, Missouri, USA
Death 9 Mar 1908 (aged 55)
Galveston, Galveston County, Texas, USA
Burial San Marcos, Hays County, Texas, USA
Memorial ID 46802553 · View Source
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Henry C. Pritchett was the fourth president of Sam Houston Normal Institute (now State University) (1891-1908).

An 1873 graduate of Pritchett Institute in Glasgow, Missouri (founded in 1866 and named in honor of his uncle, Carr Waller Pritchett), Pritchett came to Sam Houston Normal Institute in 1881 as a Mathematics Professor and was later appointed to the position of State Superintendent of Public Instruction (1890). In August 1891 the State Board of Education elected him to be the principal of SHNI. During his presidency he supervised the construction of the Peabody Memorial Library (1902), the first separate library building for any Texas college.

Pritchett married Kate Smith on December 28, 1876.

The stained glass Service Window – containing the school's motto, "The Measure of a Life is its Service" – was dedicated in his honor and placed in the Main Building's Sam Houston Memorial Hall.

He was the older brother of Joseph Lucien Pritchett, university dean and professor.


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  • Added: 17 Jan 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 46802553
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Henry Carr Pritchett (12 Aug 1852–9 Mar 1908), Find A Grave Memorial no. 46802553, citing San Marcos Cemetery, San Marcos, Hays County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by buildingshsu (contributor 47228155) .