A.B. Ohio Wesleyan, 1887; A.M. 1890; study at Johns Hopkins, 1899-1901, fellowship in Lat., 1901.
Gk. instr. in seminaries at Bucksport, ME, 1887-9 & Tilton, NH, 1889-91; instr. Wilbraham (MA) Academy, 1891-9; prof. Lat. & chair dept. Illinois Wesleyan, 1901-22.
Outline Lessons for the Study of Ancient Geography (Boston, 1895); "Cacophony in Juvenal, Horace and Persius," AJP 24 (1930) 452-5.
Francis Marion Austin headed the Latin department at Illinois Wesleyan for 20 years. Trained in philology by Kirby Flower Smith at Johns Hopkins, he became a scholarly and outstanding teacher. A lifelong Methodist, he was elected to the General Conference four times.