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James Cleland Gilchrist
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Birth: May 20, 1831
Allegheny County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Aug. 12, 1897
Pocahontas County
Iowa, USA

Ref: Annuals of Iowa (3rd Series) Vol. 3, No. 3 October 1897, pg. 238-39.

"Prof. J. C. Gilchrist, was born in Allegheny City, PA., in 1831, of Scotch parentage; he died at his home near Laurens, IA, August 12, 1897. He was well known throughout the State as an educator. For forty-three years of a busy and active life he had been closely connected with the educational work of this and other States. Coming to Iowa in 1871, he has since been identified with the school work of Mason City, Sioux City, and Algona. His efforts to secure the establishment of the Iowa State Normal School at Cedar Falls were untiring, and when the Sixteenth General Assembly founded the institution he became the principal, retaining the position for ten years. He gained a wide reputation as a teacher, especially interested in normal schools and institute work, and also as a lecturer and writer on educational topics. Although Prof. Gilchrist was ordained as a Methodist Clergyman, and some of his time was devoted to the church, his main interests and his best work were in the field of education."

Ref: California State College, Regis J. Serinko, Ph. D; Kendsld, Hunt Publishing Co., Dubuque, IA 1975 -- J. C. Gilchrist was born in Allegheny City and educated at Poland Institute, Antioch, Ohio, under the instruction of Horace Mann. In 1863, he taught in a select school at Fayette City, Pennsylvania, and he became principal of Brownsville Schools in 1864. In 1865, he was elected as principal of South-Western Normal College, California, Pennsylvania. In 1866, he was elected and served as superintendent of Washington County Schools. He retained the principalship at the college. In 1870, he resigned to become principal of the State Normal School, Fairmont, West Virginia. In 1871, he went West and established the State Normal School at Cedar Falls, Iowa, and later was principal at the normal school in Algona, Iowa. He died at Laurens, Iowa, August 12, 1897. (picture)
Family links: 
  James C. Gilchrist (1781 - 1853)
  Grace McClelland McGraw Gilchrist (1794 - 1876)
  Hannah Cramer Gilchrist (1834 - 1925)
  Cleland Gilchrist (1860 - 1940)*
  Maude Gilchrist (1861 - 1952)*
  Charles Willard Gilchrist (1866 - 1955)*
  Grace Gilchrist Allen (1875 - 1966)*
  Norma Lucille Gilchrist Roseboom (1879 - 1950)*
*Calculated relationship
Laurens Cemetery
Pocahontas County
Iowa, USA
Created by: Bob Orr
Record added: Jul 08, 2012
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James Cleland Gilchrist
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James Cleland Gilchrist
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James Cleland Gilchrist
Added by: Geo Clinton
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