George A. Baxter

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George A. Baxter's Cemetery Monument on the campus of Hampden-Sydney College

George Addison Baxter (1771–1841) was a graduate of Liberty Hall (renamed Washington College in 1813, now Washington and Lee University) and returned there as a professor in 1798 and served as president from 1799 until 1829. In 1832 he became a professor at Union Theological Seminary in Prince Edward County (now Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond). In 1835 he served as acting president of Hampden–Sydney College. His publications include An Essay on the Abolition of Slavery, published in Richmond in 1836. It argued that slaves were better off in slavery than they would be in freedom. It was a response to the rising tide of abolitionist action, especially Brown University's President Francis Wayland. Baxter is buried in Prince Edward County, Virginia.

His family home, Baxter House near Edom, Virginia was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973.[1]


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09.