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GREENER, Richard Theodore, lawyer, born in Philadelphia,, Pennsylvania, 30 January 1844. After studying at Cambridge grammar school, at Oberlin preparatory school, and at Phillips Andover academy, he entered Harvard, and in 1870 was its first colored graduate. During his College course he won more prizes than any classmate or contemporary. From 1870 till 1873 he was principal of the male department of the "' Institute for colored youth" in Philadelphia, and for a year filled a similar office in the preparatory high-school in Washington, D.C. He was then called to fill the chair of metaphysics and logic in the University of South Carolina, and remained there until 1877, also assisting in the departments of Latin and Greek, and teaching classes in international law and the constitution of the United States. In 1875 he was appointed a member of the board of health of Columbia, South Carolina, and in 1876 a member of the state commission to reorganize the common schools of South Carolina. Meanwhile he was graduated from the law department of the University of South Carolina in 1876, and was admitted to the bar in Washington, D. C., in April, 1877, where until 1882 he was dean of the law faculty in Howard University. Mr. Greener has recently made New York his residence, and in October, 1885, he was appointed examiner in the municipal civil service of New York. Professor Greener was active as a Republican campaign orator from 1876 till 1884. He received the degree of LL.D. from the College of Liberia in Monrovia in 1882, and was elected a member of the American philological association in 1875. He has been a large contributor to journals and reviews and also to various works of reference, and has delivered numerous addresses, including his inaugural address, in the South Carolina University, on "Charles Sumner, the Idealist, Statesman, and Scholar" (June, 1874);" Eulogy on the Life and Services of William Lloyd Garrison" (June, 1879); "Socrates as a Teacher " (April, 1880) ; " The Intellectual Position of the Negro" (July, 1880); "Free Speech in Ireland" (October, 1882) ; "Benjamin Banneker, the Negro Astronomer" (February, 1882); "Henry Highland Garnet" (May, 1882); and "An African Roscius" (June, 1882).
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