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HUDSON, WILLIAM E. (ca. 1835–ca. 1895). William E. Hudson, teacher, scientist, and minister, was born in England about 1835. He moved to Texas and in 1858 taught at Birdville High School. From 1870 to 1881Hudson taught commercial subjects at Trinity University and made some of the diplomas that were issued to its first graduates. Hudson was an ordained Cumberland Presbyterian minister. He taught mental and moral science from 1881 to 1883 and from 1883 to 1888 was professor of chemistry, zoology, and natural history. He sent collections of reptiles and insects to the United States National Museum and began a museum and botanical garden at Trinity University. He died about 1895.


Dallas Herald, September 1, 15, 1858. S. W. Geiser, "A Century of Scientific Exploration in Texas," Field and Laboratory 7 (January 1939). W. B. Presto, Sketches of Early Days in Trinity University (MS, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin).

Clinton P. Hartmann


The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.

Clinton P. Hartmann, "HUDSON, WILLIAM E.," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed November 25, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.