North American Scholar

AXTELL, Harold Lucius

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  • Date of Birth (YYYY-MM-DD): 1876-05-24
  • Born City: West Medway
  • Born State/Country: MA
  • Parents: Seth Jones & Mary Caroline Fletcher A.
  • Date of Death (YYYY-MM-DD): 1955-05-08
  • Death City: Moscow
  • Death State/Country: ID
  • Married: Gertrude S. Bouton, 30 June 1908.
  • Education:

    A.B. Kalamazoo Coll., 1897; A.B. U. Chicago, 1898; A.M., 1900; Ph.D., 1906; U. Chicago Travelling Fellowship in Rome and Athens, 1901-2.

  • Professional Experience:

    Instr., Des Moines College, 1898-1900; instr. & princ. Preparatory School, U. Idaho, 1902-5; prof. Lat. U. Idaho, 1906-46; prof. mod. langs., 1920-3; actng. dean, coll. lett. & sci., 1930-1.

  • Dissertation:

    "The Deification of Abstract Ideas in Roman Literature and Inscriptions" (Chicago, 1907); printed (Chicago, 1907).

  • Publications:

    "Men's Names in the Writings of Cicero," CP 10 (1915) 386-404.

  • Notes:

    Harold Axtell was instrumental in making the University of Idaho one of the largest producer of Rhodes Scholars west of the Great Lakes. As his daughter, Mildred Axtell Hensley, stated, "He loved teaching, he loved young people and students, he loved the classics and the University of Idaho, where he spent over 40 years."

  • Sources:

    Rafe Gibbs, Beacon for Mountain and Plain. The Story of the University of Idaho. (Moscow, ID, 1962); WhAm 3:38.

  • Author: Galen Rowe