UNT: The First 50 Years : College Opening Speech by President Chilton

College Opening Speech by President Chilton


This is the speech delivered by North Texas’s first president and founder Joshua Crittenden Chilton on September 16, 1890, when the Texas Normal College and Teachers Training Institute was officially opened. Chilton, a native of Detroit, Michigan, was attracted to the North Texas region by his brother, a doctor in Dallas.

The college’s early financial struggles took a toll on Chilton. He left the Normal College in 1893 upon forfeiture of his contract. Chilton died in 1896 at age 43 believing he had failed to “make a mark in the world” by founding the Texas Normal College.