Historian; University professor and administrator. Born– April 8, 1874, Brundidge. Parents– William Leroy and Mary Love (Edwood) Fleming. Married– Mary Wright Boyd, September 17, 1902. Children– Four. Education– Alabama Polytechnic Institute, B.S., 1896; M.A., 1897; Columbia University, A.M., 1901; Ph.D., 1904.  Instructor in history and English and assistant librarian at Auburn, 1896-1900.  Served as an officer in the 3rd Alabama Infantry Regiment in the Spanish-American War, 1898. Taught at West Virginia University, 1903-1907; Louisiana State University, 1907-1917; Vanderbilt University, 1917-1928; dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Vanderbilt, 1923-1929. Author of 166 articles and reviews.  Member of the editorial board of the Mississippi Valley Historical Review, 1922.  Nashville Agrarian volume, I’ll Take My Stand (1930) was dedicated to him.  LSU established the Walter Lynwood Fleming lecture series in Southern history in his  honor. Died August 3, 1905.


Marquis who’s who online; Owen’s The Story of Alabama; and Dictionary of American Biography, Supplement 1.


Civil War and Reconstruction in Alabama. New York; Columbia University Press, 1905.

Documentary History of Reconstruction; Political, Military, Social, Religious, Educational & Industrial, 1861 to the Present Time. Cleveland, Ohio; A. H. Clarke Co., 1906-1907.

The Freedman’s Savings Bank. Chapel Hill, N.C.; University of North Carolina Press, 1927.

History of Louisiana State University (1860-1896). Sewanee, Tenn.; The University of the South Press, 1931.

The Reconstruction of the Seceded States, 1865-76. Albany, N.Y.; New York State Education Department, 1905.

The Reconstruction Period; a Syllabus & Reference List. Morgantown, W. Va.; A. G. Sturgiss, 1904.

The Sequel to Appomatox …. New Haven, Conn.; Yale University Press, 1921.

Southern Biography. (Vols. 11 & 12 in The South in the Building of the Nation) Richmond, Va.; Southern Historical Publication Society, 1909-1913.


Documents Relating to Reconstruction. Morgantown, W. Va.; s.n., 1904.

General W.T. Sherman as College President; a Collection of Letters, Documents, and Other Material …. Cleveland, Ohio; The Arthur M. Clarke Co., 1912.

Ku Klux Klan, its Origin, Growth and Disbandment. New York; Neale Pub. Co., 1905.