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Brawley, Benjamin Griffith

Roger A. Schuppert

in American National Biography Online

Published in print January 1999 |
Published online February 2000 | e-ISBN: 9780198606697 | DOI:

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Brawley, Benjamin Griffith (22 April 1882–01 February 1939), educator and author, was born in Columbia, South Carolina, the son of Margaret Saphronia Dickerson and Edward McKnight Brawley, a prosperous Baptist minister and president of a small Alabama college. Brawley was an exceptionally bright boy, and the family’s frequent moves never stifled his learning. Up until the third grade he was tutored at home by his mother, but he also attended schools in Nashville, Tennessee, and Petersburg, Virginia. During summers when he was not studying the classics, Latin, and Greek at home he earned money by doing odd jobs: working on a tobacco farm in Connecticut or in a printing office. One summer he drove a buggy for a white doctor—and studied Greek while the doctor was out. At age twelve he was sent to Virginia to be tutored in Greek and also studied the language with his father....

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Subjects: Education

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