James William Cantwell, educational administrator, son of John T. and Martha Cantwell, was born near Douglass, Texas, on March 6, 1868. He received his B.A. degree at Yale University in 1894 and his M.A. at Baylor University in 1903; Baylor granted him an LL.D in 1917. On May 24, 1895, he married Ada Westmoreland. From 1894 to 1901 Cantwell was president of Southwestern Academy at Magnolia, Arkansas. He was superintendent of schools at Texarkana, Arkansas, in 1901–02; at Corsicana, Texas, from 1902 to 1908; and at Fort Worth from 1908 to 1915. From 1915 to 1921 he was president of Oklahoma Agricultural and Mechanical College. He served as superintendent of the Texas State Juvenile Training School (later Gatesville State School for Boys) from 1922 to 1923, when he became superintendent of schools and president of Wichita Falls Junior College (now MIDWESTERN UNIVERSITY). He was president of the Texas State Teachers Association and of the state vocational education board. He died on April 2, 1931, at Wichita Falls, where he was buried in Riverside Cemetery.
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