How did Baylor University get its name?


How did Baylor University get its name?

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In 1841, the Union Baptist Association voted to create a Baptist university in Texas. This was from a suggestion made by William Milton Tryon, a reverend, and R.E.B. Baylor, an associate justice of the Texas Supreme Court. Baylor was a justice from 1841 to 1845 when Texas was annexed from Mexico. He was then appointed to be judge of the Third District of Texas by governor J.P. Henderson. The university was approved by an act of the Congress of Texas in 1844. Some had hoped the university would be named in honor of the victory that led to Texas independence: San Jacinto. However, those who submitted the petition wanted it named after Judge R.E.B. Baylor, and thus it was. In 1845, Baylor University was officially established in Independence, Texas. In its first year, there was a class of 24 students. In 1885, Baylor University moved to the growing town of Waco, Texas.

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