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CREERY, William Rufus, educator, born in Baltimore, Maryland, 9 May 1824; died there, 1 May 1875. He was graduated at Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania, in 1842, and at once began teaching in the public schools of Baltimore, continuing in this occupation until 1854, when he became professor of belles-lettres in Baltimore City College. In 1859 he was chosen president of the Lutherville female seminary, where he remained until 1862, when he renewed his teaching in the public schools of Baltimore. Five years later he was elected City superintendent of public instruction for a term of four years, and in 1872 was re-elected. In conjunction with Professor M. A. Newell he prepared the Maryland series of school-books, which includes " Primary-School Spelling-Book" ; "Grammar-School Spelling-Book" ; a series of six "Readers," and " Catechism of United States History."
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