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HARRISON, Gessner, educator, born in Harrisonburg, Virginia, 26 June, 1807; died near Charlottesville, Virginia, 7 April, 1862. In 1825 he entered the University of Virginia and received degrees from the schools of ancient languages and medicine in 1828. He was then appointed professor of ancient languages on the retirement of Professor George Long, and served till 1848, when he established at Belment, Virginia, a classical school, which had a wide influence throughout the south. He was the author of an "Exposition of Some of the Laws of Latin Grammar" (New York, 1852), and "On Greek Prepositions" (Philadelphia, 1848).
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