North American Scholar

SAFFOLD, William Berney

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  • Date of Birth (YYYY-MM-DD): 1867-07-11
  • Born City: Selma
  • Born State/Country: AL
  • Date of Death (YYYY-MM-DD): 1941-12-21
  • Death City: Tuscaloosa
  • Death State/Country: AL
  • Married: Margaret Parsons, 6 Nov. 1902.
  • Education:

    A.B. U. Alabama, 1887; LL.B., 1888; A.M., 1889; LL.D., 1927; Ph.D. Johns Hopkins, 1898

  • Professional Experience:

    Instr. math. U. Alabama, 1887-8; prof. Lat. & Gk. Marion (AL) Mil. Inst., 1888-91; Searey (AR) College, 1891-2; Little Rock (AR) Academy, 1892-4; U. Alabama, 1897-1937; actng. pres., 1911.

  • Dissertation:

    "The Construction with iubeo, a Portion of a Dissertation Treating of the Construction with Verbs of Commanding" (Johns Hopkins, 1898); printed (Baltimore, 1902).

  • Notes:

    W.B. Saffold came from an old and prominent Alabama family; his father and grandfather were both judges of the Alabama Supreme Court. Though he devoted 40 years to his alma mater, he could not prevent a decline in the study of Latin and Greek. When enrollments in classics courses were finally marginal, Saffold became professor of American history.

  • Sources:

    NatCAB 37:197.

  • Author: Ward W. Briggs, Jr.