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RIVERS, Richard Henderson, clergyman, born in Montgomery county, Tennessee, 11 September, 1814. He was graduated at La Grange college, Alabama, in 1835, the same year was chosen assistant professor of languages in that institution, and in 1836-'41 was full professor. In 1843 he was elected president of the Athens female seminary, and in 1848 became professor of moral science in Centenary college, Jackson, Louisiana, and in 1849 was elected its president, which office he held till 1854. In that year he became president of La Grange college, of which he retained charge till the civil war, and he subsequently as-stoned the presidency of Centenary college, Summerfield, Alabama, where he remained during the war In 1865 he undertook the management of a small school for young ladies at Somerville, Tennessee, and afterward of other schools in the southwest. Since his twentieth year Mr. Rivers has preached as well as taught, has been pastor of various Methodist Episcopal churches, and is now (1888) pastor of the Shelby street (Louisville, Kentucky) Methodist Episcopal church. In 1850 La Grange gave him the degree of D. D. He has contributed largely to periodicals, and published text-books on " Mental Philosophy" (Nashville, 1860)" "Moral Philosophy" (1866)" "Our Young People" (1880); "Life of Bishop Robert Paine" (1884); and edited a volume of sermons (1872).
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