William H. “Will” Mayes, 21st president, was born at Mayfield, Ky., on May 20, 1861.
He attended Methodist College in Milburn, Ky., Norton’s English and Classical School in Union City, Tenn., and Vanderbilt University Law School in Nashville, Tenn.
He taught country school at Water Valley, Ky., and was a member of the law firm Park & Mayes, Mayfield, Ky., from June 1881 to February 1882.
He moved in Brownwood March 1, 1882, to practice law and was county attorney for Brown County from 1882-1884.
He bought the Brownwood Bulletin in 1886 and Brownwood Banner in 1887, consolidating them as the Banner-Bulletin. He and his brother, H.F. Mayes, established the Brownwood Daily Bulletin in 1900. He was elected president of the National Editorial Association (later called National Newspaper Association) in 1908.
Mayes served as lieutenant governor of Texas from 1913-14. Daniel Baker College conferred his L.L.D. degree in 1914.
He was chairman of the School of Journalism at the University of Texas from 1914-26 and president of American Schools and Departments of Journalism in 1920.
He married Jessie Wise in 1886 and they had four children.
After the death of his first wife, he married Anna Marshall and they had two children.