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HUMPHREYS, Milton Wylie, educator, born in Greenbrier, West Virginia, 15 September, 1844. He entered Washington college, Virginia (now Washington and Lee university), but left at the age of seventeen to enlist in the Confederate army. He was a gunner in Bryan's battery, and was noted for His skill as a marksman, making a practical study of the problem of a projectile moving in a resisting medium, and having his mathematical books thrice thrown out of the limber-box into the rain by his superior officers. After the war he re-entered Washington college, was made tutor of Latin, assistant professor of Greek and Latin, and adjunct professor of ancient languages, and received the degrees of M. A. in 1869 from Washington and Lee university, and Ph.D. in 1874 from Leipsic university. He was called to the chair of Greek in Vanderbilt university at its opening in 1875, and to that of ancient languages in the University of Texas at its opening in 1883. Vanderbilt university gave him the degree of LL.D. in 1888. He has published numerous papers in the "Transactions of the American Philological Association," of which he was president in 1882, and editions of the "Clouds" of Aristophanes, the "Antigone" and "Oedipus Tyrannus" of Sophocles, and the second book of Thucydides. He is editor for the United States and Canada of the " Revue des Revues," and correspondent of the "Philologische Wochenschrift."
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