President of the Senior Class

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The President of the Senior Class at the College of William and Mary is the leader of the senior class and presides over the class cabinet. Other class officers include a vice-president and a secretary-treasurer. During Commencement, the president of the senior class wears the Senior Class Chain of Office.

Senior Class Officers



  • President: Edwin Francis Shewmake, Jr.
  • Vice-President: Stephen Ashley McDonald
  • Secretary: Jesse Ewell, Jr.
  • Treasurer: Harry Gilmore Carter
  • Historian: Channing M. Hall
  • Poet: Guy Ansell Bond Dovell
  • Prophet: Smith J. Williams
  • Valedictorian: Grover Ashton Dovell
  • Chaplain: L. Bismark Frank
  • Architect: Kendall Palmer Birckhead


  • President: Clarence Edgar Koontz
  • Vice-President: John Compton Freeman
  • Secretary: Charlie "Lad" Taylor
  • Treasurer: John Y. Mason
  • Historian: Paul Sherwood Gilliam
  • Prophet: Joseph Harper Brent
  • Poet: David Daniel Sizer
  • Valedictorian: Wilfred Everard Roach



  • President: Roscoe Conkling Young
  • Vice-President: Channing Westbrook Hall
  • Secretary: Amos Ralph Koontz
  • Treasurer: Elisha Lucas Snipes
  • Historian: Cecil Cooper Bell
  • Prophet: Micajah Oliver Townsend
  • Poet: Edward Le Baron Goodwin
  • Valedictorian: Charles L. Ebell
  • Chaplain: Francis Harvey Bear
  • Attorney: Henry Fitzhugh Tompkins
  • Orator: Joseph Mettauer Hurt, Jr.


  • President: Frank Erskine Graves
  • Vice-President: Alvin Louis Thomas
  • Secretary: Harry Evans Trimble
  • Treasurer: John Edgar Capps
  • Historian: George Prince Arnold
  • Prophet: A.S. Howe
  • Valedictorian: Kenneth Arnold Agee


  • President: William Haynie Neblett
  • Vice-President: William Hansen Deierhoi
  • Secretary: James Herman Summers
  • Treasurer: Edward Roane Willcox
  • Historian: Wade T. Brown
  • Prophet: Joseph Farland Hall
  • Poet: William Kavanaugh Doty
  • Valedictorian: Robert Bruce Jackson
  • Chaplain: Charles Chapman Snow


  • President: Wilbur Robbins Dameron
  • Vice-President: Percy Lewis Witchley
  • Secretary: Charles Harmon Schepmoes
  • Treasurer: Abraham Alexander Brodowski
  • Historian: John Dameron Moore
  • Prophet: Wayne Carr Metcalf
  • Valedictorian: Robert Clarence Warburton
  • Chaplain: Kenneth Arnold Agee
  • Attorney: H.L. Carter


  • President: John Lewis Tucker
  • Vice-President: Walter Leslie Drewry
  • Secretary: Hugh Leonard Womack
  • Treasurer: Charles H. Hamlin
  • Historian: William Walter Winsbro
  • Prophet: Bathurst Dangerfield Peachy
  • Poet: Henry Godwin Parker
  • Valedictorian: John Eldridge Taylor
  • Chaplain: Alvin Francis Beale


  • President: Clarence Jennings
  • Vice-President: Oliver Walter Frey
  • Secretary: Charles Clark Renick
  • Treasurer: Wilson Edward Somers
  • Historian: Victor Ewart Galdstone Emery
  • Prophet: Herman Lee Harris
  • Poet: John Waller Smith, Jr.
  • Valedictorian: John William Massey
  • Chaplain Lewis Jones


  • President: Robert Murphy Newton
  • Vice-President: George Baskerville Zehmer
  • Secretary: Charles Ashley Muncaster
  • Treasurer: H. Wilson Thorpe
  • Historian: Frederick Dean Goodwin Ribble
  • Prophet: James Warren Stephens
  • Poet: William Cross Ferguson
  • Valedictorian: Charles Alexander Scott
  • Chaplain: Richard Brownley Gayle


  • President: Zelma Talmage Kyle
  • Vice-President: Arthur Douglas Parker
  • Secretary: Isaac Wiley Robertson
  • Treasurer: Floyd Talmage Joyner
  • Historian: William Benjamin Tilley
  • Chaplain: Frank Bowie Tolson, Jr.
  • Prophet: Vernon Meredith Geddy
  • Poet: Cecil Randolph Heflin
  • Valedictorian: Paul Neyron Derring


  • President: Floyd Franklin Jenkins
  • Vice-President: Alf Johnson Mapp
  • Secretary: Clarence Luke Charlton
  • Treasurer: Jesse Rawls Byrd
  • Historian Ennolis Albert Stephens
  • Chaplain: Arthur Hendly Blakemore
  • Prophet: Herbert Grey Chandler
  • Poet: Alf Johnson Mapp
  • Valedictorian: Earl Benton Broadwater


  • President: Walter Finnall Cross Ferguson
  • Vice-President: Robert Carroll Rives
  • Secretary-Treasurer: Albert Pettigrew Elliot
  • Historian: Benjamin Burrass Mitchell, Jr.
  • Chaplain: Harry Hooper Edwards
  • Prophet: William Waller Johnson
  • Poet: Robert Carroll Rives
  • Valedictorian: Walter Finnall Cross Ferguson



  • President: Walter Hughart Cheatham
  • Vice-President: Van Franklin Garrett, Jr.
  • Secretary-Treasurer: Robert Watson Copeland
  • Historian: Julian Arlington Brooks
  • Chaplain: William Wilkens Farmer
  • Prophet: Edgar Linwood Connellee
  • Poet: James Durrette Carneal, Jr.
  • Valedictorian: John Robert Chappell, Jr.


  • President: Herbert Lee Bridges, Jr.
  • Vice-President: Ruth Etta Cashion
  • Secretary-Treasurer: Edward Dewey Hudson
  • Prophetess: Inger Sophia Scheie
  • Historian: Arthur Warren Johnson
  • Poet: Alexander David Joyner
  • Valedictorian: Emory Voorhees Stowitts
  • Chaplain: Morris W. Derr


  • President: Floyd Berl
  • First Vice-President: Emily Hall
  • Second Vice-President: Oscar Hugh Fulcher
  • Secretary-Treasurer: Madeline Blakey
  • Prophet: Rosena Kohout
  • Poet: Marguerite Jenkins
  • Historian: Irving Hamilton White
  • Valedictorian: William Andrew Dickinson
  • Chaplain: Walter Josselyn Reed


  • President: Ottowell Sykes Lowe ? (listed as President of the Student Body but not Senior Class)
  • Vice-President: Dorothy Louise Terrill
  • Secretary: Fairmont Richmond White
  • Treasurer: Mabel Stratton
  • Historian: Elizabeth Margaret Smith
  • Valedictorian: John Garland Pollard, Jr.


  • President: Joseph C. Chandler
  • Vice-President: Carolyn Kelly
  • Secretary-Treasurer: J.C. Phillips
  • Historian: A.H. Cooke
  • Poet: Henry Moncure
  • Chaplain: Helen Lannigan

Materials in the SCRC


  • Class Activities, Flat Hat, William and Mary News, Alumni Gazette Index, Special Collections Research Center, Swem Library, College of William and Mary.

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