Nelson, John P.
The following data is extracted from History of Fannin County, Texas.
President of the Fannin College, was born in Virginia in 1860, and educated at the university of that state. He came to this state and county in 1883, just after the college of which he is` president was incorporated. He was at once chosen by the board of directors as principal and entered upon his duties as such. The two years he has had charge of this institution have proven beyond question, his thorough qualifications for the responsible position. The session of 1883-4 gave such satisfaction among his patrons as to increase the number of matriculations from 99 to 140, the following session.
Prof. Nelson is a thorough scholar and a cultured gentleman, of the true "Virginia school." He has already won the respect and good opinion of his patrons, and all who know him. Having accomplished so much in so short a time, age and experience will place him among the first of Texas educators.
Source: History of Fannin County, Texas