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BEARD, Richard, educator, born in Sumner County, Tennessee, 27 November 1799 ; died in Lebanon, Tennessee, 2 December 1880. He was graduated at Cumberland University, Tennessee, in 1832, was professor of languages in the College from 1832 to 1838, when he went to Sharon College, Mississippi, as professor of languages, but returned to Cumberland and became president of the University in 1843. On the founding of the theological school of the University in 1853, he resigned the presidency of the University and took the chair of systematic theology, being in reality for the next twenty-five years both principal and professor. He was a leader in the Cumberland Presbyterian organization, and published "Syste-marie Theology," also "Biographical Sketches," and "Why I am a Cumberland Presbyterian."
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