Havins donated his doctoral thesis on Baptist Minister Noah Turner Byars (1808-1888). Byars, a Texas pioneer Baptist preacher, served as sergeant-at-arms to the Texas Senate from 1837 to 1841 and as armorer and blacksmith to the Indians, a position to which he was appointed by Mirabeau B. Lamar. In his old age, Byars served as pastor of First Baptist, Brownwood.
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