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Winston, George Tayloe, 1852-1932

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Born in 1852 in Windsor, North Carolina, Winston was educated in the Horner School, located in Oxford, North Carolina; the University of North Carolina, which he entered at the age of thirteen; the United States Naval Academy, where he ranked first in his class; and Cornell University, where he was awarded the Latin Scholarship Medal and elected a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Society. On the reorganization of the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill in 1875, Winston was elected Assistant Professor of Literature, and promoted to full professor of Latin the following year. Winston eventually became president of the University of North Carolina, and later served as the first president of the University of Texas. In 1899, Winston became the second president of the North Carolina College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts. While Winston was in office, the college developed a new curriculum in textiles, and first offered summer courses for public school teachers. Winston retired in 1908, and accepted a lifetime annuity from the Carnegie Foundation for his service to Southern education. He died in Durham, North Carolina, in 1932.