Guide to the "William Hayne Leavell: An autobiography, 1850-1930" typescript, 1979 MS 384
A native of South Carolina, William Hayne Leavell served as a pastor in Jackson and Meridian, Mississippi and in Manchester, New Hampshire before moving to the First Presbyterian Church in Houston, Texas in 1893. He worked at the First Presbyterian Church until 1905. After serving as envoy extraordinary and minister plenipotentiary to Guatemala (1913-1919), he returned to Houston. In addition to being president of the board of directors of the Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Leavell was a trustee of Austin College. He also edited and published "George's Political History of Slavery in the United States.”
This is a typed copy of an autobiography of William Hayne Leavell (1850-1930). Leavell served as minister of the First Presbyterian Church in Houston from 1893 to 1905. After serving as an envoy to Guatemala (1913-1919), he returned to Houston. The autobiography, written in 1920 by Leavell, transcribed later by his daughter and edited into this typescript in 1979 by Alec Bayless and Larry Noble, describes Leavell's career at the First Presbyterian Church in Houston, his service in Guatemala, and his connections to William Marsh Rice and the Rice Institute. Several well-known Houstonians are mentioned in the manuscript, including: Captain Peden and his son, E.A. Peden, Captain Baker, William Marsh Rice, and E.A. Sewall.
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This material is open for research.
Conditions Governing Use note
Permission to publish material from the William Hayne Leavell Autobiography must be obtained from Alec Bayless or Larry Noble.
"William Hayne Leavell: An autobiography, 1850-1930", typescript 1979, MS 384, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University.
This collection was donated to Fondren by Alec Bayless and Larry Noble (Leavell's great-grandsons) on August 4, 1979.
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