Rufus William Bailey was the founder of Augusta Female Seminary , in Staunton, Virginia, and also president of Austin College, in Huntsville, Texas.
Bailey, Rufus William was born on April 13, 1793 in North Yarmouth, Maine, United States. Son of Lebbeus and Sarah (Myrick) Bailey.
Graduate Dartmouth, 1813. Attended Andover Theological Seminary, circa 1815.
In 1842 he founded Augusta Female Seminary. After serving as principal for seven years, he resigned to become the Virginia agent for the American Colonization Society. Bailey was a prolific writer whose works include English Grammar (1853) and The Scholar's Companion (1856).
Bailey became a professor of languages at Austin College in Huntsville, Texas, in 1858. He served as president of the college from 1858 until his death.
Married Lucy Hatch, 1820. Married second, Mistress.