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SCARBOROUGH, William Saunders, educator, born in Macon, Georgia, 16 February, 1852. He is of African descent. He was graduated at Oberlin in 1875, and taught in the Lewis high-school at Macon, but in 1876 returned to Oberlin and entered the theological department for the purpose of studying Hebrew and Hellenistic Greek. He declined an offer from the American missionary association to go to Africa, and in 1877 was called to fill the chair of ancient languages in Wilberforce university, near Xenia, Ohio. He is a member of the American philological society, the Modern language association, and other similar societies. Liberia college, Africa, gave him the degree of LL. D. in 1882. His publications include "First Lessons in Greek" (New York, 1881), and "Theory and Functions of the Thematic Vowel in the Greek Verb."
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