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GELDEREN, Adolphus Van, educator, born in Rotterdam, Holland, in 1835. He was educated in his native City, emigrated to South America, and in 1856 was appointed professor of languages in the University of Sucre, Bolivia. He afterward went to the Argentine Republic, in 1860 established in Buenos Ayres the first graded public school, and was appointed principal of the National College of Parana. In 1874, under Sarmiento's administration, a normal school was established in Buenos Ayres, and Van Gelderen was appointed principal. When in 1880 the City of Buenos Avres was erected into a federal district, the normal College passed also under the National government, and Van Gelderen soon made it the foremost establishment of its class in the republic. Professor Van Gelderen speaks and writes fluently Spanish, English, Dutch, German, French, Italian, and Portuguese, and is also proficient in Latin, Greek, and Hebrew. He has published valuable works on education, and his text-books prepared for the Argentine schools have won high praise. In 1885 he was named an officer of the French academy, and decorated with the special medal awarded to meritorious educators.
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