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-====== Hood, William Lane ======+====== Hood, William Lane (1903) ======
-A native of Alabama, William Lane Hood entered Massachusetts Agricultural College in 1899, making him, in all probability the second African American student at the College, following only [[b:bridgeforth_george_ruffum|George Ruffum Bridgeforth]].  According to the US Census for 1880, Hood was a "mulatto" (mixed race) resident of Bear Creek, Ala., although his records at MAC list him variously as being from Birmingham or Vandiver, and was one of nine children born to Robert Hood, a farmer, and his wife Martha, who "kept house."+<html><div class="youmassright"> 
 +<a href="http://scua.library.umass.edu/images/youmass/hood-w-l_1903.jpg"><img src="http://scua.library.umass.edu/images/youmass/hood-w-l_1903.jpg" alt="William Lane Hood" class="youmassimage" /></a> 
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 +A native of Alabama, William Lane Hood entered Massachusetts Agricultural College in 1899, making him, in all probability the second [[a:african_american_students|African American student]] at the College, following only [[b:bridgeforth_george_ruffum|George Ruffum Bridgeforth]] and coincident with his classmate [[p:peebles_william_w|William W. Peebles]].  According to the US Census for 1880, Hood was a resident of Bear Creek, Ala., one of nine "mulatto" children born to Robert Hood, a farmer, and his wife Martha, who "kept house." Somewhat mysteriously, Hood is listed in MAC sources as being from Birmingham or Vandiver. 
-After graduating from the normal (education) school at Talladega College in 1899, entered MAC.  +After graduating from the normal (education) school at Talladega College in 1899, Hood entered MAC. The //Index// for 1903 identifies him, probably intending humor, as "The whitest man of his race" and notes that since he began at MAC, he had "not had a sound night's sleep since, his dreams always being troubled by a ghost of mathematics in a //physic-al// form."  Sharing a room with Peebles for one of his years on campus, Hood was a member of the class football team and was considered by him classmates as "one of the most patriotic men in college."
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-Identified as "The whitest man of his race."  +
-Lived at 32 NC in 1903 Index, where listed as from Vandiver, Ala.+Like a number of of other early African American graduates of MAC, Hood embarked on a career in higher education after leaving Amherst.  Talladega College reported that Hood became an Instructor in Agriculture and Military Science at Sango Baptist College, Oklahoma, in 1905, and as working with the Industrial Missionary Association of Alabama in the next year.  MAC reported him in 1916 as teaching at "Creek-Seminole College" in Oklahoma.
-1903 Index: "He was graduated from the Normal course in '99 and immediately entered the Massachusetts Agricultural college, and has not had a sound night's sleep since, his dreams always being troubled by a ghost of mathematics in a //physic-al// form.  Mr. Hood played on the class football team and is one of the most patriotic men in college."  +Although the agent for the Class of 1902 reported no response to inquiries in 1949, he listed Hood's last known address as Mayfield, Ga.
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-CENSUS 1900: b. Dec. 1873 in Alabama; boarding in Amherst, "black."  Boarding @ 168-177  +
-Listed as teaching at Creek-Seminole College in Oklahoma in 1916 Catalog of Graduates +
-Catalog of the Officers and Students of Talladega College… for the Scholastic Year 1904-5 (Atlanta, 1905) lists him as Instructor in Agriculture and Military Science, Sango Baptist College, I.T.; then in 1905-6 (Kokomo, Ind., 1906) as "with" Industrial Missionary Association of Alabama Beloit," and finally 1909-10 (Kokomo, Ind., 1910) as "Farmer, Sterretts" +
-No response to letters from class agent in 1949, but listed in Mayfield, Ga.+
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===== References ===== ===== References =====
  * //Index// for 1903   * //Index// for 1903
 +  * //Catalog of the Officers and Students of Talladega College… for the Scholastic Year 1904-5// (Atlanta, 1905)
 +  * //Catalog of the Officers and Students of Talladega College… for the Scholastic Year 1909-10// (Kokomo, Ind., 1910)
 +  * //Catalog of Graduate and Former Students of the Massachusetts Agricultural College// (Amherst, Mass., 1916)
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