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Dr. W. A. McComb To whom Mississippi College owes the raising of her three hundred thousand dollar endowment.
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James Madison Sharp Q ROF. SHARP is affectionately known to the boys as “Zed.” He is a native south-Mississippian, torn a little before the outbreak of the Civil War, near Liberty, Amite county. He is of sturdy country parentage, his father, John W. Sharp, being a well-to-do farmer. He was the sixth child of an old-fashioned family of ten. Until nine years old he lived on the farm and studied but one book, the book of nature. His country childhood contributed, no doubt, its share to the simplicity and independence of his character, as being one of ten children did to his considerate and unselfish disposition. In i860, his father sold his slaves and began merchandising at Summit. But the “irrepressible conflict” culmnating the following year in civil war, he left the counter for the camp, enlisting in the first comapny of volunteers organized in his county for the defense of States’ Rights. With the nation in the throes of civil war for four years, and father and husband on the field of battle, there was little opportunity for such education as the schools impart, but the lad took advantage of such as was offered and the four years of war and hardship were not wholly without educational value. In 1867, he entered Independent Academy just founded by George C. I ay lor. After four years of High School work in this Academy he entered in 1871 the State University of Oxford, where he spent three years in study, and withdrew to teach the Boguechitto High School one year, and then reentered the University, and was graduated from that Institution in 1875 with the B. A. degree. The next year he taught one term at Live Oak, Texas; the year following he was first assi tant in the Peabody School, Summit, Miss. In 1877-80 he was principal of the McCarthy and the Jefferson Schools, New Orleans, La.; 1880-82 principal of the McComb City High School; 1882 he was elected without application to the Principal- ship of the Prep. Dep’t. and Commercial School of Mississippi College, which position he resigned in 1890, to become Principal of The Capital Commercial College, Jackson, Miss., from which in 1893 he was elected without application to the Chair of Math, in Miss. College, which position he still holds and has for all these years filled with eminent ability. While teaching in New Orlean, Prof. Sharp had the good fortune to win the heart of Miss Emma Quinn, daughter of Judge J. B. Quinn of Summit, Miss., and they were married there November 20, 1878. Gladly does he ascribe to her much of the success of his career. He is a man of native physical vigor, and of once baseball fame. University tradi- tion reporting that on one occasion he batted the ball from Oxford to Holly Springs. His manner is quiet, and not demonstrative. He is deeply sympathetic. He spares no pains to help the plodder, and affectionately calls the weak members of his classes “puddin’-heads.” His character is transparent. He is the soul of integrity and probity. He has been a valuable member of the Board of Ministerial education for many years, being a sort of counsellor and legal adviser to both white and black. He is a quiet man and extremely modest and is held in highest esteem by students, faculty, Board of Trustees, and community. P. H. E.
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To the Faculty Through weeks and months you’ve led us, day by day, Along the paths of knowledge that you’ve trod ; By word and deed you’ve pointed out the way Of service to our fellow man and God. With council, as a father to his son, You’ve ever sought to guide us in the right, And taught us in the race that we must run To keep within the path, and face the light. You’ve taught us not alone the things laid down In books, but larger, grander things of Life; You’ve shown to us and held aloft the crown Which waits for him who conquers in the strife; You’ve striven more than Intellect to give, Than knowledge quickly got and lost again, By your own lives you’ve taught us how to live. By your own manhood made us into men. T. A. R.
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