Ruffner, William Henry
- Joseph W. Newman
Ruffner, William Henry (11 February 1824–24 November 1908), educational reformer, clergyman, and geologist, was born in Lexington, Virginia, the son of Henry Ruffner, an educator and clergyman, and Sarah Lyle. Ruffner spent much of his childhood on the campus of Washington College in Lexington, where his father was president and where he earned a bachelor’s degree (1842) and a master’s degree (1845). The elder Ruffner, a Presbyterian minister and an outspoken opponent of slavery, stimulated his son’s lifelong interest in religion and the education of African Americans....