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TAPPAN, Eli Todd, educator, born in Steubenville, Ohio, 30 April, 1824. He was educated by private tutors and at St. Mary's college, Baltimore, Maryland, engaged in journalism, studied and practised law, and afterward taught. In 1844-'5 he was mayor of Steubenville, and he was superintendent of the public schools there in 1858-'9. He was professor of mathematics in the University of Ohio, Athens, in 1859-'60, and again in 1865-'8, and from 1868 till 1875 was president of Kenyon college, Gambler, Ohio, where he was professor of mathematics from 1875 till 1887. In that year he was appointed state commissioner of common schools of Ohio, which post he now holds. Mr. Tappan has published a "Treatise on Plane and Solid Geometry" (Cincinnati, 1867); "A Treatise on Geometry and Trigonometry" (1868); " Notes and Exercises on Surveying for the Use of Students in Kenyon College " (Mr. Vernon. 1881); and "Elements of Geometry" (New York, 1885).
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