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William Young Dixon speech

Identifier: SC-Cent. Misc. Mss. 16

Scope and Contents

“Intemperance – the Demon of Desolation” speech by Centenary College of Louisiana student William Young Dixon. Dixon, a member of the college’s Franklin Institute student literary society, delivered this speech at Centenary’s commencement exercises in 1866. Includes original manuscript and typescript copy.


  • 1866


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Collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

Physical rights are retained by the Centenary College of Louisiana Archives and Special Collections. Copyright is retained in accordance with U.S. copyright laws.

Biographical / Historical

William Young Dixon (1843-1874) is the son of Rev. Thomas Ferguson Dixon and Sarah Ann Simms Dixon. He was born in Clinton, Louisiana, and attended Centenary College of Louisiana before and after serving as a soldier in the Confederate army during the American Civil War. He was enrolled in Centenary’s preparatory department (1860-1861, 1865) and college (1866-1869). The college awarded Dixon his degree at the 1870 commencement exercises. From 1870-1871, Dixon taught school in Columbia, Louisiana. He later moved to California.


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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Collection donated by Ruth Reily Heidelberg on 1958 January 9.

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Part of the Centenary College of Louisiana Archives and Special Collections Repository

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