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MAGILL, Edward Hicks, educator, born in Sole-bury, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, 24 September, 1825. He was educated at Yale and at Brown, where he was graduated in 1852. He was principal of the classical department of Providence high-school in 1852-'9, and then submaster of the Boston Latin-school till 1867, when he resigned, and spent some time in travel and study in Europe while waiting for the opening of Swarthmore college. In 1869 he became principal of the Swarthmore preparatory school, and in 1871 president of the Friends' college at Swarthmore, Delaware County, Pennsylvania The college has prospered under his management, and presents an example of successful coeducation of the sexes, of which President Magill is a strong advocate. While connected with the Boston Latin-school he published a " French Grammar" (Boston, 1865), with a key; also two French readers.
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