Paul Brandon Barringer

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Photographic portrait of Paul Brandon Barringer

Paul Brandon Barringer (February 13, 1857 – January 9, 1941) was the sixth president of Virginia Tech, serving from September 1, 1907 through July 1, 1913. He was also chairman of the faculty at the University of Virginia from 1895 through 1903.

Barringer was the son of Rufus Barringer and was named after his grandfather, General Paul Barringer (1776-1835). He spent some of his childhood in Concord, North Carolina, where, as an eight-year-old, he beat Confederate States of America President Jefferson Davis in a game of chess. Davis had just fled Richmond, Virginia after the Confederate surrender by Robert E. Lee.

He received his M.D. degree from the University of Virginia in 1877 and also received an M.D. from the University of the City of New York in 1877.

Dr. Barringer was the author of one of the standard works on the history of the University of Virginia: "University of Virginia : its history, influence, equipment and characteristics, with biographical sketches and portraits of founders, benefactors, officers and alumni." (1904)[1]

Barringer Hall, a residence hall on the Virginia Tech campus that houses 220 male students is named for him. The Barringer Wing at the University of Virginia Health System, a hospital he was instrumental in founding is named in honor of Dr. Barringer.

The Barringer Mansion in Charlottesville was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.[2]