Educator, Linguist. Francis Andrew March, Sr. was the son of Andrew and Nancy (Parker) March, both parents were born in Mass. He graduated at Amherst in 1845, after serving as a tutor there in 1847-1849. He studied law in New York, and was admitted to the bar. After teaching in Fredericksburg, VA., Francis became a tutor at Lafayette College in Easton, PA., where he was made adjunct professor in 1856. In 1857 he became a professor of the English language and Comparative Philology. Francis married on 4/11/1860 in Stafford, VA. The 1880 Census shows the couple having 7 children, but Findagrave shows 8 children. The couple’s 50th anniversary newspaper article lists 8 children.
In 1870, Francis received the degree of L.L.D. from Princeton, New Jersey, and from Amherst in 1871. In 1873 he became president of the Spelling reform association. Francis was an honorary member of the London philosophical society, member of the American philosophical society, and a vice-president of the London new Shakespeare society. Francis lectured in the law department in 1877 and received his L.H.D. from Columbia in 1887. He contributed many articles over his last 10 years before retiring in Easton. In the 1800 Census,
Francis died of exhaustion following a fracture from a fall. He was widowed and died at home. He was buried 9/12/1911. HIs exact death age was 85 years, 8 months, and 14 days. Death certificate #84731, Men of Lafayette, pg.30, App;eton’ Cyclopedia, and more. Submitted by Peggy Spengler-Moser, #15166225.
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