Ezra I. Hall 1859-1945

Principal of the Glenville Branch of the West Virginia State Normal School

Ezra I. Hall

Ezra Irvine or Irwin Hall was born in Lewis County on a farm near Vandalia on August 25, 1859 and received his early education in the public schools of that county. Although his birth information indicates that his name is Ezra Irvine Hall, later writings indicate his name as being Ezra Irwin Hall. All educational literature simply uses the name, E. I. Hall.

E. I. attended the Glenville State Normal, Central Normal College of Indiana, and Mt. Union College of Ohio. He graduated from the college in Indiana with a B. C. S degree and from the college in Ohio with an A. B. degree. He served as the superintendent of public schools at Buckhannon, WV. Later, he was principal of the Glenville Normal School during the year 1884-1885.

After his departure from Glenville, he went to Texas, where he was superintendent of schools at Dublin, Terokle, and Marlin, Texas. He also held a position as a professor of mathematics at Stanford College, Stanford, Texas and was vice-president of the State Teachers’ Association. This is where he would spend the majority of his career. He was a member of the Methodist church, a mason, and a farmer. He died on December 29, 1945 at his home near Prairie Grove, Arkansas.