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ALVORD, Henry Elijah, educator, born in Greenfield, Massachusetts, 11 March 1844 he was educated in the Massachusetts public schools, and subsequently studied in the Norwich University, where in 1863 he received the degrees of C. E. and B.S. He enlisted as a private in 1862, and passed through every grade to that of major, reaching that rank in the 2d Massachusetts cavalry in 1865. At the close of the war he was appointed to the regular army with the rank of captain of cavalry, and remained as such until 1872, when he became a special Indian courier. He then lectured for a time at Williston seminary, Easthampton, Massachusetts, and later became manager of the Houghton farm, Orange County, New York In 1886 he was elected professor of agriculture at the Massachusetts agricultural College, Amher Street Professor Alvord has been a frequent contributor to the agricultural journals of this country and Great Britain, and is the author of the American sections of " Dairy Farming" (London, 1881). He is also well known as a lecturer on agricultural topics.
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