William Harding Mayes

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William Harding Mayes
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23rd Lieutenant Governor of Texas
In office
January 21, 1913 – August 14, 1914
Governor Oscar Branch Colquitt
Preceded by Asbury Bascom Davidson
Succeeded by William Pettus Hobby, Sr.
Personal details
Born May 20, 1861
Mayfield, Graves County, Kentucky US
Died 26 June 1939(1939-06-26) (aged 78)
Austin, Travis County, Texas US
Spouse(s) (1) Jessie Ware

(2) Anna Marshall

Children From first marriage:

Ethridge Mayes
Tyty Mayes
Williams Mayes
Wendell W. Mayes

From second marriage:
Lewis Ousley Mayes
Isabelle Mayes
Robert C. Mayes

Alma mater Vanderbilt University
Profession Journalist, politician, professor

William Harding Mayes (May 20, 1861–June 26, 1939) was Lieutenant Governor of the U.S. state of Texas (1913-1914), a newspaperman who published the Brownwood Bulletin and founder of the University of Texas journalism school.

Born in Mayfield, Kentucky, Mayes was educated at Norton's English and Classical School in Tennessee, Paducah District Methodist College in Kentucky and Vanderbilt University. He practiced law in Kentucky in 1881 and in Texas from 1882-1886, serving as county attorney of Brown County, Texas from 1882-1883. He received an honorary doctorate of laws from Daniel Baker College in 1914.

Mayes purchased weekly newspapers in Brownwood, Texas in the 1880s and began the daily Brownwood Bulletin newspaper in 1900, which he published until 1914.[1] He and his brother, H.F. Mayes, founded one of the earliest newspaper chains, owning Texas papers in Brady, Stephenville, Santa Anna, May, Ballinger and Dalhart.[2]

Elected as Lieutenant Governor of Texas in 1912 despite not campaigning for the position, he resigned in 1914 to become dean of the University of Texas journalism school.[3] He also served as executive vice president of the Texas Centennial Committee of 1936.

Mayes had seven children — four from Jessie Ware, who he married in 1886 (she died in 1899) and three from his second wife, Anna Marshall, who he married in 1900. He is buried in Greenleaf Cemetery in Brownwood.


Mayes founded the University of Texas Department of Journalism in 1914 and was its dean until 1927.[4] In 1916, he was one of seven faculty members[5] targeted for firing by Texas governor James E. Ferguson, who found them objectionable. Ferguson was eventually impeached by the Texas Legislature.[6]

He served as president of the Texas Press Association in 1899-90 and was elected president of the National Editorial Association in 1908. He was president of the Association of American Schools and Departments of Journalism in 1920-21.[7]


  1. ^ About The Brownwood Bulletin
  2. ^ Special to the New York Times (June 27, 1936). "William H. Mayes, ex-Texas official". 
  3. ^ http://www.lib.utexas.edu/etd/d/2007/parisd84053/parisd84053.pdf Raising Press Photography to Visual Communication in American Schools of Journalism, with Attention to the Universities of Missouri and Texas, 1880's-1890's
  4. ^ About the Department
  5. ^ Weiner, Hollace Ava and Kessler, Jimmy (2006). Jewish Stars in Texas: Rabbis And Their Work. College Station, Texas: Texas A&M University Press. pp. 48–49. 
  6. ^ Ferugson, James Edward
  7. ^ 1899-1900 W.H. Mayes Brownwood Bulletin
Political offices
Preceded by
Asbury Bascom Davidson
Lieutenant Governor of Texas
Succeeded by
William P. Hobby, Sr.