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James Argyle McLauchlinJames Argyle McLauchlin

President of Central State Normal School (1908-1911)

Biographical Information

  • Born June 15, 1867 in Wadesboro, North Carolina
  • Married Frances Tillman in 1888 in North Carolina. They had seven children.
  • Killed in an automobile accident December 6, 1939 in Weatherford, Oklahoma


  • 1887 A.B. Davidson College, North Carolina
  • 1894 A.M. Davidson College, North Carolina. Post-graduate work at the University of Chicago and the University of North Carolina [Story of CSC, page 92]
  • 1900 Litt.D. Honorary Doctorate of Literature, King College, Tennessee
  • 1922, c. M.A. in Education, Yale University
  • 1925, c. Ph.D. King College, Tennessee


During his career, McLauchlin "served as conductor or instructor in twelve different Normal Institutes held in his native state, Texas, or Oklahoma" [A History of the State of Oklahoma by Luther B. Hill, page 114]

  • 1897 Taught Latin at the University of North Carolina during the summer [Story of CSC, page 92]
  • 1897, c. - 1904 Chair of Mathematics at Austin College in Texas [Story of CSC, page 92] Prior to Austin College, he worked for Kansas public schools for four years, and for North Carolina public schools for five years [Hill, page 114]
  • 1904 - 1908, c. Superintendent of Magnum Public Schools, Magnum, Oklahoma [Story of CSC, page 92]
  • 1907 - 1908 Taught mathematics at Southwestern Normal School (Now Southwestern Oklahoma State University), Weatherford, Oklahoma [Story of CSC, page 92]
  • 1908 - 1911 Became President of then Central State Normal School in June 1908
  • Retired from Central State Normal School on April 28, 1911 as a result of a vote by the State Board of Education
  • 1914 - 1925 Head of the Department of Foreign Languages, Southwestern State Teachers College (Now Southwestern Oklahoma State University), Weatherford, Oklahoma
  • 1926 Head of the Department of Education, Southwestern State Teachers College
  • 1932, c. Head of the Department of Psychology, Southwestern State Teachers College

Awards and Affiliations

  • Secretary of the Oklahoma Beta Chapter of Pi Gamma Mu National Social Science Honor Society
  • Member of the Fraternal Union of America
  • Member of the Modern Woodmen
  • Member of the Woodmen of the World
  • Member of the Knights of Pythias
  • Elder in the Presbyterian Church
  • Member of the O.E.S.
  • Life Member of the Blue Lodge
  • 32nd Degree Mason
  • Member of the National Education Association