B.A. Brown, 1842; Ph.D., Bonn, 1854; study at Berlin, Bonn, & Göttingen, 1853-5; LL.D. Brown, 1869.
Lat. tchr. Providence (RI) HS, 1843-53; sr. mstr., 1846-53; prof. Gk. lang. & lit. Brown, 1855-92; pres. Franklin Lyceum, 1849; pres. APA, 1875-6; mng. comm. ASCSA, 1880-1907; memb. Board of Fellows, Brown, 1904-7.
“Comparantur Studia Graeca et Latina quae in Nova Anglia cum eis quae in Borussia sunt” (Bonn, 1854).
Second Latin Book (New York, 1853); First Greek Book (New York, 1861); Latin Grammar for Schools and Colleges (New York, 1864; rev. ed. 1898); An Introductory Latin Book (New York, 1866); Latin Reader (New York, 1865); A Practical Introduction to Latin Composition for Schools and Colleges (New York, 1869); Elements of Latin Grammar for Schools (New York, 1869); Caesar's Commentaries on the Gallic War (New York, 1870, 1886; rev. ed. with C. H. Forbes, 1901); Select Orations of Cicero (New York, 1873, 1882; rev. ed. 1906); “On the Formation of the Tenses for Completed Action in the Latin Finite Verb,” TAPA 5 (1874) 14-25; “On the Formation of the Tenses for Completed Action in the Latin Finite Verb—Second Paper,” TAPA 6 (1875) 5-19; A New Latin Reader (New York, 1877); “On the Development of the Latin Subjunctive in Principal Clauses,” TAPA 10 (1879) 76-91; A Complete Course in Latin for the First Year (New York, 1883); The Military System of the Romans (New York, 1887); An Easy Method for Beginners in Latin (New York, 1890); A Short Latin Grammar (New York, 1898); Nine Orations of Cicero, with J. C. Kirkland, Jr. (New York, 1906); Sallust's Catiline (New York, 1906).
Albert Harkness was one of the founders of the American Philological Association, of which he was first vice president (1869-70), and of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens. Valedictorian of his class at Brown, he spent a distinguished career at his alma mater. Though he was a professor of Greek, his publications were mostly on Latin literature, including text editions of Caesar, Cicero, and Sallust. His most lasting work was his Latin Grammar, often reprinted.
Brown Univ. Alum. Monthly 8 (1907) 31-32; CJ 3 (1907-8) 35; F. G. Allinson, DAB 8:265-66; NatCAB 6:23; NYTimes (27 May 1907) 7; Sandys 457-8; WhAm 1:520.