Lipscomb, William B., Jr. (1860–1899)

By: Becca Rhea

Type: Biography

Published: January 24, 2017

William B. Lipscomb, Jr., principal of Dallas Central High School from 1894 to 1899, son of William Lipscomb, Sr., and Sarah Anna (Fulgham) Lipscomb, was born in Nashville, Tennessee, in 1860. Lipscomb’s father was co-editor of the Gospel Advocate, and his uncle, David Lipscomb, was founder of Nashville Bible School, now known as Lipscomb University.

William B. Lipscomb, Jr., married Virginia (Jennie) Collins in November 1883 in Williamson County, Tennessee; they had four children. After moving to Texas, he taught for a time in Fort Worth and Corsicana, preached, and wrote for the Gospel Advocate for two years before settling on education as his profession. He was a member of the Corsicana Church of Christ and later served as an elder for the First Christian Church of Dallas, also referred to as Pearl and Bryan Church of Christ.

On July 10, 1899, Lipscomb was in attendance at a church revival at the Pearl and Bryan streets congregation when he was approached and shot by John T. Carlisle as the group sang the final hymn. Carlisle was a janitor for the school at which Lipscomb was principal. Having been dismissed by the board of trustees, Carlisle believed Lipscomb had influenced the board to fire him.

Although early reports stated that Lipscomb died at the scene, he was transported to St. Paul’s Sanitarium and died of his wounds on July 13, 1899. He was buried in Oakland Cemetery in Dallas and later reinterred in Grove Hill Memorial Park in Dallas. Carlisle was found guilty and sentenced to ten years in the Huntsville State Penitentiary, however, he died on September 16, 1904, before his sentence was completed.

Virginia Lipscomb was an educator and became principal of William Lipscomb School in Dallas, which was built in 1920 and named for her late husband. She died of a heart attack while watching her grandson play football during a Highland Park High School football game in Dallas on December 2, 1938. She is buried beside her husband in Grove Hill Memorial Park.

“Dallas School Namesakes Found at Oakland Cemetery,” DGS Newsletter 25 (March 2001). Stephen Daniel Eckstein, History of the Churches of Christ in Texas, 1824–1950 (Austin: Firm Foundation, 1963).M. D. Gano, “A Beautiful Tribute,” Gospel Advocate, July 27, 1899. Gospel Advocate, July 20, 1899; “In Memoriam,” Gospel Advocate, August 3, 1899. Rockdale Messenger, July 13, 1899. “William B Lipscomb,” Find A Grave Memorial (, accessed January 24, 2017. 

  • Education
  • School Principals and Superintendents
  • Journalism
  • Religion
  • Church Of Christ
Time Periods:
  • Late Nineteenth-Century Texas
  • Dallas/Fort Worth Region
  • Dallas
  • North Texas

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