Joshua Crittenden Chilton

The following history of J. C. Chilton was taken from:

The Story of North Texas: From Texas Normal College, 1890, to North Texas State University, 1965
James L. Rogers
North Texas State University
Denton, Texas 1965

"It will be our aim to become leaders in the education of the young men and women of Texas, fitting them to creditably fill the most important positions in business and professional circles. We desire the cooperation of all who believe in higher education and who want to see our state in the very front of intellectual as well as material progress."                    --J. C. Chilton

"Chilton Hall is the namesake of Joshua Crittenden Chilton, the first president of Texas Normal College (now the University of North Texas). J. C. Chilton graduated from National Normal University, in Lebanon, Ohio, and came to Denton from Detroit, Michigan, in March of 1890, hoping to start a normal college in the area. He was interested in the North Texas area because his brother, Dr. Robert H. Chilton, was a Dallas physician. Dr. R. H. Chilton strongly supported his brother in his endeavors to build a normal college. He served on the first Texas Normal College board of trustees and on its board of regents.

"Standing barely five feet tall, bearded and mustached, Joshua Chilton was 38 years old when he began teaching students above a hardware store on the Denton courthouse square. Through his determination and the efforts of Denton businessmen, councilmen, and city leaders, Texas Normal College and Teacher Training Institute was chartered in Austin on June 21, 1891."

"J. C. Chilton supported a growing movement towards co-education, saying during an 1890 speech:"

           "So from our educational horizon are the cobwebs of superstition and prejudice being swept, and this institution joins in the advance guard by admitting ladies to all its classes on equal terms with the other sex."

"Chilton's struggle to achieve his dream of establishing a normal college took its toll on his health. After three years tenure, facing financial hardships and declining health, he agreed to release his title and interest in Texas Normal College to the City of Denton. Chilton joined his children in Indiana in 1895, and died there in early 1896, at the age of 43."