North American Scholar

ANDERSON, James Nesbitt

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  • Date of Birth (YYYY-MM-DD): 1864-10-21
  • Born City: Laurens Co.
  • Born State/Country: SC
  • Parents: George Washington, a planter, & Nancy Narcissa Nesbitt A. to George Washington, a planter, & Nancy Narcissa Nesbitt A. to George Washington, a planter, & Nancy Narcissa Nesbitt A.
  • Date of Death (YYYY-MM-DD): 1945-06-16
  • Death City: Gainesville
  • Death State/Country: FL
  • Married: Janie Brooks Sullivan, 22 Sept. 1903.
  • Education:

    Study at Wofford Coll.; B. Let. U. Virginia, 1886; M.A. 1887; Morgan fell. Harvard, 1887-8; study at Berlin, 1889-90, & Heidelberg, 1890; Ph.D. Johns Hopkins, 1894; study at Paris, 1896.

  • Professional Experience:

    Tchr. University School (Charleston, SC) 1888-9; prof. Gk. & Lat. U. Oklahoma, 1894-6; instr. Lat. Vanderbilt, 1900-1; prof. Gk. Florida State Coll., 1903-5; prof. anc. langs. & dept. head U. Florida, 1905-10, dean coll. arts and sci. & head grad. sch., 1910-30; dean grad. sch., 1930-8.

  • Dissertation:

    "On the Sources of Ovid's Heroides I, II, VII, X, XII" (Johns Hopkins, 1894).

  • Publications:

    Selections from Ovid (New York and Boston, 1899); / Am That I Am: A Dialogue of the Gods (written under pseudonym "Sum Quod Sum") (New York, 1900).

  • Notes:

    James Nesbitt Anderson grew up in the South of the reconstruction and studied at Johns Hopkins with Gildersleeve and Kirby Flower Smith. He ultimately played a leading role in the establishment of the University of Florida and its subsequent growth. In speeches around the state and in his role as chairman of the curriculum committee for the state system, he furthered the growth of classics in Florida with the argument "A great advantage of classical training lies in its very difficulty." He also gave the University its motto: Civium in moribus rei publicae salus.

  • Sources:

    WhAm 2:25.

  • Author: Ward W. Briggs, Jr.