Education: The Webbs of Bell Buckle

The scrawled note was brief: "This will introduce Willy Humphrey. He is ready for the freshman class. (Signed) William R. Webb."

It was good enough for Tennessee's Vanderbilt University. Graduates of any other prep school had to bring along an elaborate collection of grades and records, but not the boys of "Old Sawney" Webb of Bell Buckle, Tenn. (pop. 378). Returning from Versailles, Woodrow Wilson, onetime president of Princeton, told Webb alumnus Norman Davis: "The Webbs defy all the accepted laws of pedagogy, but their boys were the best prepared that we got."...

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