B. N. Wilson

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B. N. Wilson
Wilson pictured in a 1908 University of Arkansas publication
Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born (1874-11-16)November 16, 1874
Philadelphia, New York
Died January 27, 1948(1948-01-27) (aged 73)
Fayetteville, Arkansas
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1897–1898 Arkansas
Head coaching record
Overall 4–1–1

Birton Neill Wilson (November 16, 1874 – January 27, 1948) was an American professor, engineer, and college football coach. He served as a professor of mechanical engineering and the head football coach at Arkansas Industrial University (now known as the University of Arkansas).


Wilson was born in Philadelphia in 1874.[1] Residing in Fayetteville, Arkansas, Wilson attended the Georgia School of Technology where he earned a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering in 1896.[2] Wilson was elected president of his senior class and "always maintained a high standing in college."[3] He was a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the Alpha Tau chapter of Kappa Sigma.[4][5] After graduation, Wilson began teaching at the University of Arkansas as an instructor in mechanical engineering until 1899.[4]

From 1897 to 1898, Wilson coached the Arkansas football team and over the course of two seasons amassed a record of 4–1–1. Later in his life, Wilson enjoyed recalling a quote from a partisan newspaper after his team played Fort Smith: "Thugs, pug-uglies, and roughnecks. Such are B. N. Wilson and the University of Arkansas football team."[6]

From 1899 until 1902, he was an adjunct professor of mechanical engineering and assistant superintendent of mechanical arts.[7] In 1902, the University of Arkansas promoted him to the post of professor of mechanical engineering.[4] In 1903, he studied at the University of Michigan,[4] and eventually received a master of engineering degree from Michigan in 1909.[2] By 1908, he was the superintendent of mechanical arts.[8] He received an M.M.E. degree from Cornell University.[9] He taught at the University of Arkansas until 1923.[10]

He died suddenly at his Fayetteville home at 11:30 P.M. on January 27, 1948.[11]

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Arkansas Cardinals (Independent) (1897–1898)
1897 Arkansas 2–0–1
1898 Arkansas 2–1
Arkansas: 4–1–1
Total: 4–1–1


  1. ^ "Engineers To Survey Industry", Harrison Times, Saturday, April 29, 1916, Harrison, Arkansas, United States Of America
  2. ^ a b General Catalogue of Officers and Students, 1837-1911. University of Michigan. 1912. p. 290. 
  3. ^ Caduceus of Kappa Sigma, Volume 11, p. 377, Kappa Sigma, 1896.
  4. ^ a b c d Catalogue of the University of Arkansas, Thirty-Second Edition, p. 33, University of Arkansas, 1905.
  5. ^ Caduceus of Kappa Sigma, Volume 20, p. 78, Kappa Sigma, 1905.
  6. ^ Orville Henry, Jim Bailey, The Razorbacks: A Story of Arkansas Football, p. 8, University of Arkansas Press, 1996, ISBN 1-55728-430-X.
  7. ^ Biennial Report of the Superintendent of Public Instruction of the State of Arkansas, p. 112, Arkansas Department of Education, 1902.
  8. ^ Catalogue of the University of Arkansas, p. 21, University of Arkansas, 1908.
  9. ^ Michael S. Martin, Michael Phoenix, Chemical engineering at the University of Arkansas: A Centennial History, 1902-2002, p. 5, University of Arkansas Press, 2002, ISBN 0-9713470-0-X.
  10. ^ William Jordan Patty, Mechanical engineering at the University of Arkansas, 1874-2004, p. 26, University of Arkansas Press, 2004, ISBN 0-9713470-7-7.
  11. ^ "Death Claims B. N. Wilson At His Home.", Northwest Arkansas Times, Wednesday, January 28, 1948, Fayetteville, Arkansas, United States Of America

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