Instr. math. U. Alabama, 1887-8; prof. Lat. & Gk. Marion (AL) Mil. Inst., 1888-91; Searey (AR) College, 1891-2; Little Rock (AR) Academy, 1892-4; U. Alabama, 1897-1937; actng. pres., 1911.
"The Construction with iubeo, a Portion of a Dissertation Treating of the Construction with Verbs of Commanding" (Johns Hopkins, 1898); printed (Baltimore, 1902).
W.B. Saffold came from an old and prominent Alabama family; his father and grandfather were both judges of the Alabama Supreme Court. Though he devoted 40 years to his alma mater, he could not prevent a decline in the study of Latin and Greek. When enrollments in classics courses were finally marginal, Saffold became professor of American history.