North American Scholar

HARKNESS, Albert Granger

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  • Date of Birth (YYYY-MM-DD): 1856-11-19
  • Born City: Providence
  • Born State/Country: RI
  • Date of Death (YYYY-MM-DD): 1923-01-29
  • Death City: Providence
  • Death State/Country: RI
  • Married: Katherine Beebe, 3 Sept. 1884.
  • Education:

    A.B. Brown, 1879; A.M., 1882; Litt.D. Colgate, 1909; study at Leipzig & Bonn, 1880-3.

  • Professional Experience:

    Tchr. class. Peddie Inst. (Hightstown, NJ), 1879-80; prof. Lat. & Germ. Madison (now Colgate) U., 1883-9; asso. prof. Lat. Brown, 1889-93; prof. Rom. lang. & hist., 1893-1923; ann. dir. ASCSR, 1902-3.

  • Publications:

    “Age at Marriage and at Death in the Roman Empire,” TAPA 27 (1896) 35-72; “Skepticism and Fatalism of the Common People of Rome as Illustrated by the Sepulchral Inscriptions,” TAPA 30 (1889) 56-88; “The Relation of Accent to Elision in Latin Verse, Not Including the Drama,” TAPA 36 (1895) 82-110; “The Relation of Accent to Pause-Elision and to Hiatus in Plautus and Terence,” TAPA 37 (1906) 153-98; “The Relation of the Accent to the Pyrrhic in Latin Verse,” CP 2 (1907) 51-79; “Final Monosyllables in Latin Prose and Poetry,” AJP 31 (1910) 154-74.

  • Notes:

    Albert Granger Harkness, like his father, graduated first in his class at Brown, traveled and studied in Germany, and returned to Brown to teach for the remainder of his career. He chaired the Latin Department at Brown for 30 years, teaching despite illness until the very end of his life. Francis Allinson considered him a clear-thinking, judicious, and fair colleague toward junior and senior faculty alike. Apart from his scholarly publications, he wrote a number of addresses, as well as articles in popular journals and encyclopedias.

  • Sources:

    F. G. Allinson, CJ 18 (1922-3) 546-7; NatCAB 19:413; WhAm 1:413.

  • Author: Ward W. Briggs, Jr.