North American Scholar

BONDURANT, Alexander Lee

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  • Date of Birth (YYYY-MM-DD): 1865-06-22
  • Born City: Colalto Plantation
  • Born State/Country: VA
  • Parents: Alexander J. & Emily Morrison B.
  • Date of Death (YYYY-MM-DD): 1937-01-12
  • Death City: University
  • Death State/Country: MS
  • Married: Gabriela McPheeters Means, 11 June 1907.
  • Education:

    A.B. Hampden-Sydney, 1884; A.M., 1892; study at U. Texas, 1886-7; at U. Virginia, 1887-9; A.M. Harvard, 1893; study at Berlin, 1910-11; study in Munich &Rome; LL.D. Mississippi Coll., 1921; Litt.D., Hampden-Sydney, 1926.

  • Professional Experience:

    Instr. Lat. & Gk. Round Rock Inst. (Texas), 1885-7; asst. prof, to prof. U. Mississippi, 1889-1937; chair dept., 1894-1937; dean grad. school, 1927-30; 1932-6; adv. comm. Classical Investigation ACL, 1921-4; pres. CAMWS, 1924-5; vice-pres. ACL.

  • Publications:

    "Dialect in the United States," Dial 18 (1895) 104-5; "Adequate Latin Vocabulary for the High-School Pupil," CJ 4 (1908-1909) 13-6; "Aeneidl, 389," TAPA 65 (1934) xxxiii-xxxxiv.

  • Notes:

    Alexander Lee Bondurant was a commanding presence at the University of Mississippi for 47 years as professor, department head, and dean, following his preparation at Virginia and Harvard, where he held a Morgan fellowship, and employment and study in the West. In his long and active career he wrote numerous articles for both popular papers like The Nation and literary journals like The Sewanee Review. In classics he was particularly interested in the Aeneid and in methods of teaching, both of which were recognized in his honorary degrees and the Italian Order of the Crown, awarded him in 1930. His zeal for promulgating classical study in his region of the country led him to official duties with ACL and CAMWS. His enthusiasm and conviction won him the admiration of generations of students and colleagues and the University of Mississippi still benefits from his service.

  • Sources:

    W. L. Carr, CO 14 (1936-7) 38-9; Alfred W. Milden, CJ 32 (1936-7) 383-4; WhAmH IU-5.

  • Author: Ward W. Briggs, Jr.