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RIVERS, William James, educator, born in Charleston, South Carolina, 18 July, 1822. After graduation at the College of South Carolina in 1841, he conducted a large private school for several years. In 1856 he was elected professor of Greek literature in the College of South Carolina, and, upon the reorganization of that institution in 1865, he became professor of ancient languages and literature, and in 1873 became president of Washington college, Maryland. He has local reputation as a poet, contributed to the periodical press of South Carolina, and published "A Catechism of the History of South Carolina" (Charleston, 1850), and "A Sketch of the History of South Carolina to the Close of the Proprietary Government by the Revolution of 1719" (1856).
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