North American Scholar

BEVERIDGE, John

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  • Date of Birth (YYYY-MM-DD): 1703-01-01
  • Born City: Edinburgh (?)
  • Born State/Country: Scotland (exact place and day of birth not known)
  • Date of Death (YYYY-MM-DD): 1767-06-26
  • Professional Experience:

    Schoolmaster, Edinburgh; schoolmaster, Boston, 1752-8; prof, langs., Academy (then College) of Philadelphia (now U. Pennsylvania).

  • Publications:

    Epistolae Familiares et Alia Quaedam Miscellanea (Philadelphia, 1765).

  • Notes:

    Though Beveridge was not a very successful teacher, he was a superb Latinist who wrote facile and polished^Latin verses, a body of which he published under the title Epistolae Familiares. William Smith, president of the College of Philadelphia, called him "one of the ablest masters of the Latin tongue on this continent."

  • Sources:

    Leo M. Kaiser, "John Beveridge, Latin Poet of Two Worlds," CJ 58 (1963) 251-6; Thomas H. Montgomery, A History of the University of Pennsylvania from its Foundation to A.D. 1770 (Philadelphia, 1900); NatCAB 7:343.

  • Author: Meyer Reinhold