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SIR ALEXANDER GRANT

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Originally appearing in Volume V12, Page 353 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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SIR ALEXANDER GRANT  , 8th Bart . (1826-1884),
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British scholar and educationalist, was born in New York on the 13th of September 1826 . After a childhood spent in the West Indies, he was educated at
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Harrow and Oxford . He entered Oxford as scholar of Balliol, and subsequently held a fellowship at Oriel from 1849 to 186o . He made a
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special study of the Aristotelian philosophy, and in 1857 published an edition of the Ethics (4th ed . 1885) which became a standard text-
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book at Oxford . In 1855 he was one of the examiners for the
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Indian
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Civil Service, and in 1856 a public examiner in
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classics at Oxford . In the latter
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year he succeeded to the baronetcy . In 1859 he went to
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Madras with
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Sir Charles Trevelyan, and was appointed inspector of
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schools; the next year he removed to Bombay, to fill the
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post of Professor of
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History and
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Political
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Economy in the Elphinstone College . Of this he became
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Principal in 1862; and, a year later,
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vice-chancellor of Bombay University, a post he held from 1863 to 1865 and again from 1865 to 1868 . In 1865 he took upon himself also the duties of Director of Public Instruction for Bombay
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Presidency . In 1868 he was appointed a member of the Legislative Council .

In the same year, upon the

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death of Sir David Brewster, he was appointed Principal of
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Edinburgh University, which had conferred an honorary LL.D. degree upon him in 1865 . From that time till his death (which occurred in Edinburgh on the 3oth of November 1884) his energies were entirely devoted to the well-being of the University . The institution of the medical school in the University was almost solely due to his initiative; and the Tercentenary Festival, celebrated in 1884, was the result of his wisely directed
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enthusiasm . In that year he published The Story of the University of Edinburgh during its First Three
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Hundred Years . He was created Hon . D.C.L. of Oxford in 188o, and an honorary
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fellow of Oriel College in 1882 .

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