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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

August 26, 1932
George Tayloe Winston died in Durham. An 1874 graduate of Cornell University, he began teaching at the University in 1875 as an assistant professor of literature. In 1891, Winston was unanimously elected president of the University and held this position until 1896, when he resigned to become the first president of the University of Texas. Quickly tiring of the Texas job, he returned to North Carolina in 1899 to serve as president of the North Carolina College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts in Raleigh, which is now known as North Carolina State University.