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Harris, William Torreylocked

(10 September 1835–05 November 1909)
  • Douglas R. Anderson


Harris, William Torrey (10 September 1835–05 November 1909), philosopher and educator, was born in North Killingly, Connecticut, the son of William Harris and Zilpah Torrey, farmers. Recognized for his intellectual ability at a young age, Harris attended several preparatory schools prior to entering Yale College in 1854. After only two years of study Harris left Yale and moved to St. Louis in the summer of 1857 to seek an income in teaching shorthand. Even in his youth Harris made strong impressions on acquaintances, not only through his intellectual ability but through his force of character and ability to lead. “Harris was a zealous missionary by nature, as well as a born teacher” (Snider, p. 10)....

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