Professor  of French language and literature; college administrator;  college president. Born– Aug. 10, 1876, Huntsville. Parents– Granville J. and Alice (Roberts) Dawson. Married — Fletcher Stinson, 1906 (died 1927). Children–one. Married– Avis Marshall, December 25,1930 (died 1938).  Education– Georgetown College, Kentucky, A.B., 1901; Howard College, M.A., 1910; Columbia University, Ph.D., 1921. Principal of Scottsboro Baptist Institute, 1901-03; taught at Howard College, 1903-1917; dean, 1917; acting president, 1917, 1921; president, 1921-31. Head, Department of Romance Languages,  University of Alabama, 1930-1947; Howard Payne College, 1947-1948. Also taught at Western State College, 1923, and the University of Toulouse, 1919. Editor of Howard College Studies in History and Literature, 1921-1930. Contributed to various periodicals, including Romantic Review and Modern Language Notes. Member of the educational board of the Southern Baptist Convention; president of the South Atlantic Modern Language Association. Member of Kappa Phi Kappa, Phi Beta Kappa and the Authors’ Club of London. Awarded the honorary D.D. by Howard College, 1918. Received the Officer d’Academie decoration from the French government. Died April 9, 1966.


Marquis who’s who online

James F. Sulzby, Jr., Toward a History of Samford University.  Samford University Press, 1986.


A French Regicide in Alabama. University, Ala.; University of Alabama Press, 1939.

Lakanal the Regicide. University, Ala.; University of Alabama Press, 1948.

Picard’s ‘La Petite Ville.”  Ginn and Company, 1912.

Poems. Birmingham, Ala.; s.n., 1919.

Toulouse in the Renaissance. New York; Columbia University Press, 1923.