George A. Baxter

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George Addison Baxter
5th President of
Washington & Lee University
In office
Preceded by Samuel Legrand Campbell
Succeeded by Henry Ruffner
President of
Hampden–Sydney College
Preceded by Jonathan P. Cushing
Succeeded by Daniel Lynn Carroll
Personal details
Born (1771-07-22)July 22, 1771
Rockingham County, Virginia
Died April 25, 1825(1825-04-25) (aged 53)
Alma mater Washington & Lee University
University of North Carolina[1]
Profession Theologian, Educator
Religion Presbyterian

George Addison Baxter (July 22, 1771 – 1841) was born to George Baxter and Mary Love in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. 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, Virginia (now Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond). In 1812 he received an honorary Doctorate of Divinity from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In 1835 he served as acting president of Hampden–Sydney College.[2] 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.[3]

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


Academic offices
Preceded by
Samuel Legrand Campbell
President of Washington and Lee University
Succeeded by
Henry Ruffner
Preceded by
Jonathan P. Cushing
President of Hampden–Sydney College
Succeeded by
Daniel Lynn Carroll