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Edward Ralston "E.R." WilliamsEdward Ralston "E.R." Williams

President of Territorial Normal School of Oklahoma (1894-1895)

Biographical Information

  • Born February 23, 1852 in Lavinia, Tennessee
  • Married Betti Moore in 1881 in Milan, Tennessee They had five children
  • Died February 22, 1939 in Houston, Texas


  • 1872, c. A.B. Cumberland University, Lebanon, Tennessee
  • 1875 M.A. Cumberland University, Lebanon, Tennessee Post-graduate studies at the University of Chicago


  • Worked in the education field for "40 or more years," teaching "at a number of church schools in Tennessee and at a number of Texas High Schools." [The Eagle, Bryan, TX, 23 Feb. 1939]
  • 1877, c. Taught school at Kingston, Roane County, Tennessee
  • 1882 - 1887 Principal of McTyeire Institute, McKenzie, Tennessee
  • 1888, c. - 1894, c. Member of the faculty and principal of the Fitting School at Southwestern University, Georgetown, Texas
  • 1894 - 1895 Elected President of then Territorial Normal School of Oklahoma on May 17, 1894 [Story of CSC, page 20] Re-elected President of Territorial Normal School in 1895 but resigns on July 2 and returns to Texas [Story of CSC, page 21]
  • 1896 - 1904 President of Alexandria Collegiate Institute (Later Lon Morris College), Jacksonville, Texas
  • 1904 President of Grayson College, Whitewright, Texas
  • 1913 Teacher at Allen Military Academy, Bryan, Texas

Awards and Affiliations

  • Corresponding Secretary of the American Bible Society, McKenzie (TN) & Vicinity Auxiliary Branch