North American Scholar

LITTLE, Charles Edgar

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  • Date of Birth (YYYY-MM-DD): 1865-11-25
  • Born City: near Eatonton
  • Born State/Country: GA
  • Parents: Kinchen Davis & Elizabeth Johnston Martin L.
  • Date of Death (YYYY-MM-DD): 1945-09-11
  • Death City: Nashville
  • Death State/Country: TN
  • Married: Elizabeth Chew Jacobs, 18 Sept. 1894.
  • Education:

    Lic. Instr. diploma Peabody Normal Coll., 1887; A.B. U. Nashville, 1891; Ph.D. Vanderbilt, 1899; L.H.D. Oglethorpe U., 1936.

  • Professional Experience:

    Princ. Sparta (GA) Acad., 1887-9; Eatonton (GA) Acad., 1889-90; instr. lat. & math. Peabody Normal Coll., 1891-9; prof. Lat., 1899-1941; chair fee., 1910-1; sec. bd. trust., 1912-41; sec.-treas., 1913-27; pres. CAMWS, 1927-8; pres. So. Sect. CAMWS, 1938-9.

  • Dissertation:

    "A Grammatical Index to the Chândogya-Upanishad" (Vanderbilt, 1899); printed (New York, Cincinnati, 1900).

  • Publications:

    "The Forces Which Discovered America," Peabody Record 1 (1892) 149-63; George Peabody College for Teachers: Its Evolution and Present Status (Nashville, 1912); First Latin Lessons, with Carrie Ambrose Parsons (Boston, New York, 1926); Second Latin Lessons, with Carrie Ambrose Parsons (Boston & New York, 1927); The Semicentennial of the George Peabody College for Teachers 1875-1925 (ed.) (Nashville, 1925); In Memoriam Herbert Cushing Tolman (ed. with others) (Nashville, 1926); "The Authenticity and Form of Cato's Saying 'Carthago delenda est'," CJ 29 (1933-4) 429-35; "Classical Culture Marches On" The Peabody Reflector and Alumni News 9 (1935) 45-6, 57, 83-4, 98-9, 127-8, 138-9, 169-70, 177-8; "Personal Recollections of A. E. Housman," Peabody Reflector and Alumni News 10 (1937) 87; "The Position of the Classics in the Education of Teachers," Acta Latina Supplement 9 (1940) 1-8; Quintiltan Institutio Oratorio (Nashville, 1951).

  • Notes:

    Charles Edgar Little devoted over 60 of his 80 years to Peabody College. At Vanderbilt he studied under Herbert C. Tolman and returned to Peabody to assume a career of great service, scrupulous scholarship, and effectiveness in the classroom. When the Peabody Normal College closed in 1911 to make way for the new College for Teachers, Little was the sole member of the old faculty to be retained. He served the College not only as an administrator but also as a popular speaker for alumni meetings and public functions of the college he loved so well and long.

  • Sources:

    James O. Baird, "The Life and Works of Charles Edgar Little," Contributions to Education, no. 404 (Nashville, 1949); Eugene Tavenner, CJ 41 (1945-6) 136-7; WhWh 1942:1365.

  • Author: Ward W. Briggs, Jr.