North American Scholar
BARTON, Herbert Jewett
B.A. Dartmouth, 1876; M.A., 1893.
- Professional Experience:
Princ. Newport (NH) HS, 1876-8; Waukegan (EL) HS, 1878-81; supt. schools Waukegan, 1879-81; admitted to Illinois bar, 1881; princ. Kinzie Sch. (Chicago), 1883; princ. & prof. Lat. & Gk. 111. Normal U. HS, 1883-91; prof. Lat. lang. & lit. U. Illinois, 1891-1926; chair dept. 1909-26; pres. CAMWS, 1914-5; pres. Central 111. Teachers' Assn., 1900
The Elements of Civil Government in Illinois (New York & Boston, 1892); Latin in High Schools, with F. J. Miller and others (Urbana, 1924); Notes on the Teaching of Latin in High Schools (Urbana, 1924).
Herbert Jewett Barton, without a Ph.D., became chairman of the Illinois Classics Department in the year that William Abbott Oldfather joined. His life was as devoted to the classroom and the service of the university as Oldfather's was to the graduate program and scholarship. It is a credit to both that each man let the other do his work, and the Illinois department developed one of the nation's premier classics programs. He played a major role in establishing a Presbyterian church on campus for students and for 25 years he was master of ceremonies at commencement. His colleague H. V. Canter said of him, "He was known to more graduates than any other person connected with the institution, not excepting the president of the university." Canter also called him "an uncompromising champion of classical culture, an able and inspiring teacher, an honored colleague, a lovable friend, and withal a highly useful member not only of the university which he served but also of the community in which he spent the greater part of his life."
H. V. Canter, CJ, 29 (1933-4) 233-5; NatCAB 25:297-8.
- Author: Ward W. Briggs, Jr.