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LARRABEE, William Clark, educator, born in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, 23 December, 1802; died in Greencastle, Indiana, 4 May, 1859. He was graduated at Bowdoin in 1828, taught in Alfred, Maine, for two years, was appointed in 1830 a tutor in the newly established Wesleyan university, and in the following year he was elected principal of Oneida conference seminary, Cazenovia, New York, where he continued for four years, becoming also, in 1832, a minister in the Oneida conference. In 1835 Mr. Larrabee was chosen principal of the Maine Wesleyan seminary, Kent's Hill, Maine In 1837 he served as an assistant to Dr Charles I. Jackson on the first geological survey of Maine. About 1840 he was elected professor of mathematics and natural science in Indiana Asbury university (now Depauw university). He remained in this post and as professor of mathematics alone till 1852, and on his retirement from it became emeritus professor of oriental languages and literature. During one year he served as acting president, and made a thorough revision of the course of study. In 1852 he was elected to be the first superintendent of public instruction of Indiana, and reorganized the school system of the state, He retired from the office at the end of 1854, and after an interval of a single term was elected to a second term in 1856. Professor Larrabee was one o1: the pioneer high school teachers in the Methodist Episcopal church. The denomination had very few schools when he began his career, and educated men among its ministers were the exception. Nearly all of the colleges and seminaries that the church now possesses were established after he was born, and the earlier ones were controlled, during a whole generation, by persons that had been under his instruction. He was a contributor to the "Ladies' Repository" of Cincinnati, and served as its editor in 1852. He was the author of "Scientific Evidences of Natural and Revealed Religion" (Cincinnati, 1850); "Wesley and His Co-Laborers" (2 vols., 1851); "Asbury and His Co-Laborers" (2 vols., 1853); and "Rosabower," a collection of essays and miscellanies, mostly made up from his contributions to the "Ladies' Repository" (1854).
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