Stonewall Anderson

Stonewall Anderson

1902-1910

Born near Helena in 1864, Anderson studied in the public schools of the delta region before attending Hendrix during the school’s last years in Altus. When the college moved in the summer of 1890, Anderson helped load the furniture and equipment for the journey and then helped unpack and organize classrooms in Conway. After serving as a tutor for the college in 1890-91, Anderson temporarily abandoned his studies to fill several pulpits for the Methodist Church, South, in Arkansas. When Anderson returned to Conway as a pastor, he resumed his college work and received his degree in 1900. He also served as presiding elder of the Church’s Clarksville, Fort Smith and Fayetteville districts. He was serving as a member of the Hendrix Board of Trustees when he was elected president of the college in 1902. Anderson was the first alumnus of Hendrix to become president of the institution. Stonewall Anderson believed in the mission of Christian education and devoted his tenure to the promotion of higher standards of scholarship.