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N Grenada County on August 25, 1858, was born a baby boy, who was destined to exert an influence upon literary, educational, and religious matters that should be felt in every section of the state and in other states as well. This child was given the name, Alger- non Jasper. To the boys of Mississippi College he is now “ Ajax” ; to the state at large he is the eloquent, earnest, and cultured Dr. A ven. After securing such preparation as the country schools of his county afforded, Mr. Aven entered the freshman class of the Uni- versity of Mississippi, from which institution he received the de- gree of A. B. in 1884, and the degree of A. M. in 1889. He was also later a graduate student of the University of Chicago. In 1914 his alma mater worthily bestowed upon him the degree of LL. D. For one year Mr. Aven taught at Cole’s Creek Academy, and for four years was principal of the Boys’ High School at Winona. He was then elected Professor of English in Mississippi College in 1889. Later upon his own request he was transferred to the chair of Latin, the position which he still learnedly fills. Ilis long period of service in Mississippi College has established an unprecedented record in the college circles of this state. Page Four
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During his thirty-two years in Clinton Dr. Aven has devoted a part of his leisure time to literary work and is the author of many poems and essays of merit. The college publications as well as the religious and secular press of the entire period reveal the impress of his thought. Some of his negro dialect poems have been put into permanent form in the volume entitled “ Negro Wit and Humor”, published in Louisville, Ky., in 1914. Dr. Aven is a popular and effective speaker, whose oratorical talents have won statewide recognition. He was one of the leaders in the Laymen’s Mission- ary Movement, for which cause he spoke in many churches in the state. He was also prominent in the organization of the B. Y. P. U. and was in great demand during the Seventvfive Million Campaign. Teaching Latin or writing poetry, interesting as he finds them both, are only incidental in Dr. Aven’s life. His great work is in the service of his King. It is an excellent thing to be able to “rise and shine” in his Horace class, but the supreme thing in the lives of his students is the wonderful influence of his gentle Christian spirit. Some of the most prominent men in the Baptist work of the South trace to him, as the human instrument, their conversion and in- spiration, and hundreds can tell of the uplift he has given to their Christian lives.
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