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Carolina Story: Virtual Museum of University History

George Tayloe Winston (1852-1932)

During the 1890s, two university presidents actively supported the expansion of state aid to education. George Tayloe Winston, a North Carolinian who graduated from Cornell, came to Chapel Hill in 1875 as a professor of Latin and German. Like Battle, he resisted associating the university with the antebellum South and talked instead of bringing North Carolina out of poverty. During his presidency (1891-1896), the number of students tripled, reaching almost six hundred.