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The SMU McKenzie Bible

The McKenzie Bible was printed in 1856 and once was the property of J.W.P. McKenzie, a pioneer

in Methodist education in Texas. It was used continually by McKenzie, who established McKenzie

College at Clarksville, once the largest institution of higher learning in Texas. This historic Bible

was presented to SMU in 1916 by Mrs. Milton Ragsdale of Dallas, a niece of McKenzie.

The McKenzie Bible was first used at SMU’s 1916 Commencement Convocation, and the

University is proud to use it at tonight’s Baccalaureate Service.