Samuel B. Brown 1860-1926

Principal of the Glenville Branch of the West Virginia State Normal School
1885-1890

Ezra I. Hall

Samuel B. Brown was born on March 12, 1860. Before coming to Glenville, Brown had received his A. B. Degree from West Virginia University in 1883 and his A. M. Degree in 1886. Before excepting the job as Principal of the Glenville Branch of the West Virginia State Normal School, he was a teacher of language and mathematics at Martinsburg, West Virginia from 1883-1885.

After his departure from Glenville, he studied at Harvard University in 1891 and was an assistant in geology at West Virginia University from 1890-1892. In 1892, he became a professor of geology and mineralogy there. He would remain at WVU for the entire duration of his career.

He actually married a Miss Luella “Ellen” Butcher on June 16, 1890. She was from Troy, West Virginia. According to the 1887-1888 college catalogue, she had actually been a student at Glenville during his time as principal. Although, nowhere is there a reference to a connection between his leaving the school in 1890 and the marriage. This may have not even been considered wrong or controversial at the time.