North American Scholar

FUTRALL, John Clinton

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  • Date of Birth (YYYY-MM-DD): 1873-03-09
  • Born City: near Jackson
  • Born State/Country: TN
  • Parents: Thomas A. & Emma Headen F.
  • Date of Death (YYYY-MM-DD): 1939-09-12
  • Death City: West Fork
  • Death State/Country: AR
  • Married: Annie Duke, 15 June 1898.
  • Education:

    Arkansas Industrial University, 1888-90; B.A. & M.A. U. Virginia, 1894; study at U. Chicago, 1896; Johns Hopkins, 1895; Bonn & Halle, travel in Italy & Greece, 1899-1900; LL.D. Tulane, 1920; U. New Mexico, 1926.

  • Professional Experience:

    Prof. Lat. U. Arkansas, 1894-5; chair, dept. Lat. & Gk., 1895-1913; pres., 1913-39; pres. Nat. Assoc. State Universities, 1925-6; pres., Land Grant Colleges & Universities, 1932-3.

  • Publications:

    “What is the Matter with the Public Schools of Arkansas?,” Univ. of Ark. Bulletin (1915). Papers: Mullins Library, U. Arkansas.

  • Notes:

    Futrall, who became one of the most respected teachers at the University of Arkansas during his tenure as professor of classical languages, made his lasting mark in higher education during his presidency. He organized the university into colleges, built up its library (especially its classical collections), created the Extension Division, and strengthened the College of Agriculture, which is still its major strength. An avid athlete, he organized, coached, and managed the university's first football team-while professor of Greek—and later helped to create the Southwest Conference. Futrall did little scholarly publishing; he was universally praised for his teaching and administration.

  • Sources:

    University of Arkansas Bulletin 8,8 (Feb. 1915) 2; Arkansas Gazette (Little Rock) (13 & 14 Sept. 1939); Northwest Arkansas Times (Fayetteville) (13 Sept. 1939); Arkansas Traveler (Fayetteville) (22 Sept. 1939; Flashback (Washington County Historical Society, Fayetteville) 14.3 (April 1964) 3-9; Greek, Latin, and Arkansas: The Life and Times of John Clinton Futrall, typescript in Mullins Library.

  • Author: Daniel B. Levine