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Capps, Edward (21 December 1866–21 August 1950), classical scholar and administrator, was born in Jacksonville, Illinois, the son of Stephen Reid Capps and Rhoda Smith Tomlin. His father was a successful manufacturer and philanthropist. He received his B.A. in 1887 from Illinois College, Jacksonville, where Edward B. Clapp won him over to the study of classics. He earned his Ph.D. from Yale in 1891 with an outstanding dissertation on the stage in the ancient Greek theater. At Yale he met ...

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Felton, Cornelius Conway (06 November 1807–26 February 1862), professor of Greek and twentieth president of Harvard, was born at West Newbury, Massachusetts, the son of Cornelius Conway Felton and Anna Morse. Rising out of the keen poverty of his family, Felton became one of the most influential leaders in the reforming of classical education and learning in America between 1830 and 1860. During his undergraduate years at Harvard (1823–1827) he worked to support himself, and after graduation (A.B., 1827) he taught for two years at Livingston County High School in Geneseo, New York. Appointed Latin tutor (1829) and Greek tutor (1830) at Harvard, he rose rapidly to the rank of professor of Greek (1832). In 1834, at the age of twenty-seven, he was chosen Eliot Professor of Greek Language and Literature, a post he filled with high distinction until he was elected president of Harvard in 1860....

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Pease, Arthur Stanley (22 September 1881–07 January 1964), classicist, college president, and botanist, was born in Somers, Connecticut, the son of Theodore Claudius Pease, a Congregationalist minister, and Abby Frances Cutter. Pease graduated from Harvard summa cum laude in 1902, receiving the M.A. in 1903 and the Ph.D. in 1905. He studied at the American School of Classical Studies in Rome (1905–1906) and taught at Harvard (1906–1909) before moving to the University of Illinois as assistant professor of classics. He married Henrietta Faxon in 1909 and had one child. Pease rose to professor of classics and curator of the university’s museum of classical art and archaeology. Early in his career he demonstrated his preference for writing works of reference rather than analysis: at Illinois he collaborated on an ...