North American Scholar


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  • Date of Birth (YYYY-MM-DD): 1851-03-09
  • Born City: Knoxville
  • Born State/Country: TN
  • Parents: Judge Ebenezer Alexander and Margaret White McClung
  • Date of Death (YYYY-MM-DD): 1910-03-11
  • Death City: Chapel Hill
  • Death State/Country: NC
  • Married: Marion Howard-Smith, 15 October 1874.
  • Education:

    Study at U. Tennessee; A.B. Yale, 1873; LL.D. Maryville College, 1886; U. North Carolina, 1893.

  • Professional Experience:

    Instr. to prof. anc. langs. U. Tennessee, 1873-86; chair fac. U. Tennessee, 1885-6; pres. Tenn. State Tchrs. Assoc., 1881-2; prof. Gk., U. North Carolina, 1886-93, 1897-1910; dean, 1900-10; envoy extraordinary & minister plenipotentiary to Greece, Rumania, & Serbia, 1893-7.

  • Publications:

    "The Study of Greek," North Carolina Teacher 6 (1889) 219-23; "Classical Training," North Carolina Journal of Education 2 (1898) 18-24; "Preparation for College in Greek," Atlantic Educational Journal (July 1901); "Classical Department" (a regular column with G. T. Winston) in North Carolina Teacher 6 (1889)-10 (1892).

  • Notes:

    Eben Alexander's publications in classics are few and limited to regional educational journals. He made his mark as an eager proponent of the revival of the Olympic Games while minister to Greece under President Cleveland. He is remembered as a colleague of great charm and learning, and was so devoted a teacher that he declined numerous offers of college presidencies to remain in the classroom.

  • Sources:

    NYTimes (13 Mar. 1910) II, 11; NatCAB 12:266; WhAm 1:14; CJ 6 (1910-1) 136.

  • Author: Ward W. Briggs, Jr.