Weber, William Lander


- October 10, 1910
Dr. William Lander Weber, was a native of South Carolina. He was the son of an honored and devoted Methodist preacher. His maternal, as well as paternal ancestors were loyal Methodists. Dr. Weber was educated at Wafford College, Spartanburg, South Carolina, and after finishing the course and taking his degree, pursued a post-graduate course, at Johns-Hopkins University, Baltimore. From John-Hopkins, he went to Georgetown, Texas, where he taught in the Southwestern University. From Georgetown, he came to Millsaps College, Jackson. Miss., where he was a most efficient and successful teacher. After some years’ service at Millsaps, ‘he was called to the chair of English, at Emory College, Oxford, Georgia. Here, with ripening experience, his’ work was recognized as being of a high order, and he was classed among the ‘best teachers of English literature in the entire country. For nine years he labored continuously at Emory. In September 1907, he was elected President of Centenary ‘College, Shreveport, La. He entered upon this great Work, with untiring zeal and devotedness. The institution was dear to his heart. He labored faithfully and effectively, toward organizing and building up the school, and continued in this work until the utter failure of his health, compelled him to retire from the Presidency in February 1909. It was hoped in the spring and summer following that there was permanent improvement in his health; so that he came in, response to the urgent call of the trustees of Mansfield Female College, to take charge of that important school. But with the beginning of the fall term of 1910-11, it was evident that he could work no more.
He entered into everlasting rest, October 1, 1910.
Just before leaving John-Hopkins in 1891, he was married to Miss Bessie Wilson, daughter of Bishop A. W. Wilson, at Baltimore. Mrs. Weber survives her lamented husband; and with her are two sons and a daughter.
Dr. Weber was a cultured, lovable, Christian gentleman. He endeared himself to the preachers and laity of the Louisiana Conference, and he had, and always retained, a strong hold upon the confidence and affection of his students. He loved his church, and sat as’ a lay delegate in the recent General Conference at Ashville. It seems sad that his earthly work should end, while he was yet in the early prime of his manhood; yet we bow to the will of God, and thank God for the assurance we have that this good and true man did not live and labor in vain. Let us treasure up in affection’s urn, the memory of his virtues, and cherish the good hope of meeting him in heaven.
Source: Journal Louisiana Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, 1910, page 54, by F. R. Hill.

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