Wilson was a graduate of Sam Houston Normal Institute and eventually returned to SHNI where "his career was intimately associated with the growth of that institution. For twenty-nine years he was director of the school's agriculture department, and for a number of those years Sam Houston Normal Institute was the only normal school in the United States that was authorized to give teacher training in vocational agriculture under the provisions of the Smith-Hughes Act; Wilson's department came to be recognized as one of the most outstanding in the South. Toward the close of his career he was given a life membership in the Texas Vocational Association, which honored him as ‘the father of vocational agriculture in Texas.' (tshaonline.org)"
The son of James R. Wilson and Ella Calhoun, Wilson married Sammie Logan on November 29, 1905 in Tyler, Texas and had three children.
He died serving as head of the Department of Agriculture at Sam Houston State Teachers College. An on-campus apartment building (existing 1957-2006) was named in his honor.
Sammie Logan Wilson
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