Great men often fail to achieve all they could because they affiliate with the wrong political party. While they might attain prominence within their state, the possibility of national prominence is restricted not because of their talent, but because they call themselves by the wrong political name. Such is the case with the man known as “The Father of the University.” He was a Whig, a party of prominence, but seldom of power. He challenged for the governorship several times but never made it. Nonetheless, James Sidney Rollins was important in shaping the history of our state.