Leavell, William Hayne (1850–1930)

By: Clifton Caldwell

Type: Biography

Published: 1952

Updated: May 3, 2017

William Hayne Leavell, clergyman and diplomat, son of John Rowland and Elizabeth Jane (Chalmers) Leavell, was born in Newberry District, South Carolina, on May 24, 1850. He was graduated from Newberry College in 1866 and from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1870. On December 1, 1874, he married Mary George, and they had four children. Austin College conferred an honorary doctorate on him in 1895, and the University of Mississippi gave him another in 1908. Leavell served as pastor in Jackson and Meridian, Mississippi, and in Manchester, New Hampshire. He was called to the First Presbyterian Church in Houston, Texas, in 1893 and served it until 1905. He moved to Carrollton, Mississippi, in 1911. He was envoy extraordinary and minister plenipotentiary to Guatemala from 1913 to 1919, when he returned to Houston. Leavell served on many synodical committees and was president of the board of directors of the Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. He was a trustee of the William M. Rice estate and of Austin College. He edited and published George's Political History of Slavery in the United States (1915). He was a progressive Democrat. Leavell died in Houston on August 1, 1930.

Who Was Who in America (Chicago: Marquis 1943).

  • Education
  • School Trustees and Regents
  • Religion
  • Baptist
Time Periods:
  • Progressive Era
  • Texas in the 1920s
  • Houston
  • Upper Gulf Coast
  • East Texas

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