Robert Emmett Bledsoe Baylor

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Baylor, Robert Emmett Bledsoe

(bā`lər), 1793?–1873, American jurist, founder of Baylor Univ.Baylor University,
mainly at Waco, Tex.; coeducational; chartered and opened 1845 by Baptists (see Baylor, Robert E. B.) at Independence, moved 1886 and absorbed Waco Univ. (chartered 1861). The library has a noted Robert Browning collection.
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, b. Kentucky. He served in the War of 1812, studied law, and served in the Kentucky legislature. Moving (1820) to Alabama, he served in the Alabama legislature and was (1829–31) a U.S. Representative from Alabama before moving again (1839), this time to Texas. He was a district and supreme court judge in the Republic of Texas and was prominent in drafting the state constitution, which became operative upon the annexation of Texas. He became a state judge under the new constitution. Baylor was also a Baptist preacher and is chiefly remembered because he drew up and secured passage of a charter for a college that became Baylor Univ.