North American Scholar

JONES, Elisha

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  • Date of Birth (YYYY-MM-DD): 1832-11-12
  • Born City: Cayuga County
  • Born State/Country: NY
  • Parents: Eliphalet & Rhoda J., Quakers
  • Date of Death (YYYY-MM-DD): 1888-08-16
  • Death City: Denver
  • Death State/Country: CO
  • Married: Catherine Elizabeth Ewer, 22 December 1862
  • Education:

    A.B. U. of Michigan, 1859; A.M., 1862

  • Professional Experience:

    Head of schools, Fentonville, MI, 1863; Greek and Latin teacher, Detroit High School, 1860-67; superintendent. Ann Arbor, 12867-70; acting prof. Greek, U. of Michigan, 1870-72; travel to Leipzig & Berlin, 1873-75; acting prof. Latin, U. of Michigan, 1875-77; acting asst. prof. of Greek, 1877-78; principal of Orchard Military Academy, 1878; asst. prof. Latin, U. of Michigan, 1881-88. 

  • Publications:

    Exercises in Greek Prose Composition (Chicago: S.C. Griggs & Co., 1872); First Lessons in Latin (Chicago: S.C. Griggs & Co., 1877); Exercises in Latin Prose Composition (Chicago: S.C. Griggs & Co., 1879).

  • Notes:

    Elisha Jones was the first superintendent of the Ann Arbor school system. He was known throughout his career as an effective and popular teacher. His textbooks were widely used and went through many editions. His publisher, S.C. Griggs & Co., said that his book on Greek composition was "the most popular preparatory Greek text book ever published in the United States." After he died of consumption, the Elisha Jones Classical Fellowship was established in his wife, Elizabeth (1840-1912) in April 1889. It was the first of his kind at the University of Michigan. Applications were sent to an Examining Board, whose members included President James B. Angell, Professors Martin D'Ooge, Francis Kelsey, and Albert Pattengill. Candidates could be graduates of the University or seniors, but they had to exhibit distinguished proficiency in Greek and Latin. Among the winners were the distinguished classicists Herbert F. De Cou (1889-91) Clarence L. Meader (1891-93); Walter Dennison (1893-95); Mary Gilmore Williams (1895-97), Duane Reed Stuart (1897-99) and Walter D. Hadzsits (1899-1900).

  • Sources:

    Detroit Free Press (18 August 1888); Ann Arbor Argonaut (24 August 1888); Burke A. Hinsdale & Isaac Newton Demmon, H

  • Author: Michele Valerie Ronnick