William Bennett Bizzell, sociologist and university president, son of George McDuffie and Sara Elizabeth (Wade) Bizzell, was born at Independence, Texas, on October 14, 1876. He received his B.S. and Ph.B. degrees at Baylor University in 1898 and 1900 and his LL.M. and D.C.L. degrees from the Illinois College of Law in 1911 and 1912. In 1921 he received his Ph.D. at Columbia University. On August 16, 1900, Bizzell married Carrie Wray Sangster of Navasota, where he was superintendent of schools from 1900 to 1910. From 1910 to 1914 he was president of the College of Industrial Arts (now Texas Woman's University) at Denton, and from 1914 to 1925 he was president of the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas (now Texas A&M University). From College Station Bizzell went to Norman, Oklahoma, to become president of the University of Oklahoma. He held that post until 1941, when he became president emeritus and head of the department of sociology. He was a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Sociological Society, and the American Political Science Association, as well as a fellow of the Royal Economic Society of England. On November 16, 1936, he was elected to the Oklahoma Hall of Fame. His published works include Austinean Theory of Sovereignty (1912), Judicial Interpretation of Political Theory (1914), Social Teachings of Jewish Prophets (1916), Farm Tenantry in the United States (1921), Rural Texas (1923), and The Green Rising (1927), as well as textbooks in economics. Bizzell died in Norman, Oklahoma, on May 13, 1944.
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