Prendergast was one of the founding trustees of the university and Board President for many years. A resident of Mexia, he also taught in Trinity's Law Department. He served as a trustee from 1869-1900.
The Timothean Society originally functioned as a theology class for preministerial students and reorganized in 1891 as a pre-ministerial literary society. Pictured with students in photograph is President Benjamin McLeskey.