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Richard Sterling
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Birth: Mar. 18, 1812, Ireland
Death: Oct. 3, 1883
Davie County
North Carolina, USA

Mayor of Greensboro, North Carolina (1864-1865)

Born in County Down Ireland.When he was twelve, his parents immigrated to the United States and settled in Newburgh, N.Y. He received an A.M. degree from Princeton University in 1835 and for the next thirteen years taught school in Fredericksburg and Richmond, Va. In 1840 he married Marian Margaret Love Howison (1816-1868).After teaching natural philosophy and chemistry at Hampden-Sydney College (1848-51), Sterling moved to Greensboro, N.C., to become the principal of the Edgeworth Female Seminary. While serving in that position from 1851 to 1864, when the school was closed because of the Civil War, he was also the professor of belles lettres and physical science.

In addition to his teaching duties, Sterling was active in civic and business affairs. In 1852 he was one of the founders of the Greensboro Mutual Life Insurance and Trust Company. During the wartime administration of Governor Zebulon B. Vance, he served on the State Literary Board, which worked to establish public schools.
In 1864 he was elected mayor of Greensboro, a post he held until Colonel William L. Scott, a former Edgeworth Female Seminary teacher (1852-54), took over as military mayor in 1865.

While living in Greensboro, Sterling was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church. He served as an elder of the church (1863-68) and as a delegate to the Orange Presbytery (1863) in Milton. In 1865 the First Presbyterian Church opened a Sabbath School for freedmen, and Sterling was appointed to find teachers for the school. During 1867 he was the superintendent of the Sabbath School for former slaves.

Early in 1868 he became the head of the Shelbyville Female College in Shelbyville, Ky. Two years later he moved to Paris, Tenn., where he was principal of a female seminary for three years. In 1873 he opened a boarding school in Evansville, Ind. Returning to North Carolina in 1875, he was principal of the Episcopal Boys School in Mocksville. In June 1881 he became the superintendent of the Davie County schools and served until November 1882.
Family links: 
  Agnes Irving Sterling (____ - 1845)*
  Edward Green Sterling (1840 - 1861)*
  Neil Howison Sterling (1847 - 1864)*
  Samuel Graham Sterling (1849 - 1852)*
  Helen Mary Sterling (1850 - 1855)*
*Calculated relationship
Joppa Cemetery
Davie County
North Carolina, USA
Created by: Josh Myers
Record added: Oct 02, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 21891373
Richard Sterling
Added by: Marie Benge Craig Roth
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