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HOWLAND, George, educator, born in Conway, Franklin County, Massachusetts. 30 July, 1824. He was graduated at Amherst in 1850, was tutor there in 1852-'5, and instructor in Latin and French in 1855-'8, when he removed to Chicago. He was elected as assistant teacher in the Chicago high school in 1858, chosen principal in 1860, and held this office continuously until 1880, when he was elected superintendent of schools for the city. He has been a trustee of Amherst college since 1879, and in 1881 was appointed on the Illinois state board of education, of which he was chosen president in 1883. Mr. Howland has attained note as an educator. He has published "A Grammar of the English Language" (Chicago, 1867); a volume of poems under the title of "Little Voices" (1878); a translation of the AEneid into English hexameter, which has been much admired (2 vols., New York, 1880-'4); and numerous addresses on educational topics.
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