C.N. “Clarence” Ousley, 24th president, was born in Lowndes County, Georgia, on Dec. 29, 1863. He earned a bachelor's degree at Alabama A&M College in Auburn in 1881 and came to Texas, settling in Waxahachie and working as a teacher at Marvin College. In 1886 and 1887 he was editor for a Dallas publication, Farm and Ranch. He was editor of the Dallas Weekly News in 1889, became editor of the Galveston News in 1890 and was listed as owner and editor of the Galveston Tribune in 1893. He was an editorial writer for the Dallas News and Houston Post and contributed columns published in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
For several years he owned and edited the Galveston Evening Tribune, losing his plant and home in the great storm of 1900. In 1903 he, and others, established the Fort Worth Record and he was president and editor and chief for several years.
He married Mary Young in 1889. They had two daughters.
During the administration of Woodrow Wilson, Ousley was associated with the National Agricultural Department and worked for the betterment of agriculture his entire life. He died at Fort Worth on Aug. 5, 1948, and was buried in Oakland Cemetery in Dallas.