Justus F. Soule

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Justus F. Soule
Biographical details
Born(1862-04-08)April 8, 1862
Boston, Massachusetts
DiedOctober 6, 1939(1939-10-06) (aged 77)
Fort Leavenworth, Kansas
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1894–1897, 1899Wyoming
Head coaching record

Justus Freeland Soule (April 8, 1862 – October 6, 1939) was an American football coach, professor of Latin and Greek, and university administrator. He was on the faculty of the University of Wyoming from the school's founding in 1887 until shortly before his death in 1939. He served as the school's head football coach from 1894 to 1897 and in 1899, compiling an 8–1–1 record.

Early years[edit]

Soule was born in Boston and educated at Harvard University.[1] He moved to Wyoming after graduating from Harvard and spent four years ranching and riding the range.[2]

University of Wyoming[edit]

In September 1887, the University of Wyoming was established, and Soule became one of the original faculty members, teaching Latin and Greek. He served on the faculty for more than 50 years, taking emeritus status after reaching the mandatory retirement age. Soule also served as the school's head football coach from 1894 to 1897 and 1899, compiling a record of 8–1–1. He also served at times as the university's vice president, librarian, liberal arts dean, and dean of men.[1][3][4]

Family and death[edit]

He was married to Dora Simpson. They had three children: Harold, Margaret, and Robert Homer. Son Robert became a general officer in the United States Army.[5]

Soule died in October 1939 while staying with his son in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.[3] He was buried at the Greenhill Cemetery in Laramie, Wyoming.[6]

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Wyoming Cowboys (Independent) (1894–1897)
1894 Wyoming 3–0
1895 Wyoming 1–0
1896 Wyoming 2–0
1897 Wyoming 1–0
Wyoming Cowboys (Independent) (1899)
1899 Wyoming 0–1–1
Wyoming: 8–1–1
Total: 8–1–1


  1. ^ a b "UW prof honored". Casper Star-Tribune. August 3, 1973. p. 23 – via Newspapers.com.
  2. ^ "Veteran Wyoming Educator Is 76". The Casper Tribune-Herald. April 11, 1938. p. 3 – via Newspapers.com.
  3. ^ a b "Wyoming University's Dean Soule Claimed". The Casper Tribune-Herald. October 8, 1939. p. 6 – via Newspapers.com.
  4. ^ "U. W. Pays Tribute To Dean J. F. Soule". Jackson's Hole Courier. April 21, 1932. p. 1.
  5. ^ "General Soule Rites Wednesday". The Casper Tribune-Herald. January 28, 1952. p. 9 – via Newspapers.com.
  6. ^ "Justus Freeland Soule". Find-a-Grave.com. Retrieved January 12, 2019.

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