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File #: 21-1131    Version: 1 Name: Richard Theodore Greener Resolution
Type: Consent Calendar Resolution Status: Approved
File created: 1/20/2021 In control: Board of Commissioners
On agenda: 1/28/2021 Final action: 1/28/2021
Title: PROPOSED RESOLUTION SALUTING THE HONORABLE RICHARD THEODORE GREENER AS THE FIRST AFRICAN AMERICAN TO GRADUATE FROM HARVARD IN 1870 WHEREAS, in 1905 Richard Greener began his residency here in our Great City of Chicago and departed on May 2, 1922; and WHEREAS, Richard Greener was born in Philadelphia, PA on January 30, 1844; he quit school in his mid-teens to earn money for his family, but one of his employers helped him enroll in preparatory school at Oberlin College; he graduated from Phillips Academy in 1865 and spent three years at Oberlin College before transferring to Harvard College; his admission to Harvard was "an experiment" by the administration and paved the way for more black graduates of Harvard; he graduated from Harvard in 1870; and WHEREAS, in 1875, Richard Greener became the first African American to be elected as a member of the American Philological Association; he graduated from law school at South Carolina University and practiced law in South Carolina and the...
Sponsors: DONNA MILLER, TONI PRECKWINKLE (President), FRANK J. AGUILAR, ALMA E. ANAYA, LUIS ARROYO JR, SCOTT R. BRITTON, JOHN P. DALEY, DENNIS DEER, BRIDGET DEGNEN, BRIDGET GAINER, BRANDON JOHNSON, BILL LOWRY, STANLEY MOORE, KEVIN B. MORRISON, SEAN M. MORRISON, PETER N. SILVESTRI, DEBORAH SIMS, LARRY SUFFREDIN
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PROPOSED RESOLUTION

SALUTING THE HONORABLE RICHARD THEODORE GREENER AS THE FIRST AFRICAN AMERICAN TO GRADUATE FROM HARVARD IN 1870

WHEREAS, in 1905 Richard Greener began his residency here in our Great City of Chicago and departed on May 2, 1922; and

WHEREAS, Richard Greener was born in Philadelphia, PA on January 30, 1844; he quit school in his mid-teens to earn money for his family, but one of his employers helped him enroll in preparatory school at Oberlin College; he graduated from Phillips Academy in 1865 and spent three years at Oberlin College before transferring to Harvard College; his admission to Harvard was "an experiment" by the administration and paved the way for more black graduates of Harvard; he graduated from Harvard in 1870; and

WHEREAS, in 1875, Richard Greener became the first African American to be elected as a member of the American Philological Association; he graduated from law school at South Carolina University and practiced law in South Carolina and then Washington, DC before joining the Howard University School of Law as a professor and eventually dean; and

WHEREAS, in 1875, Richard Greener was chosen by the General Assembly of South Carolina to be a member of a commission to revise the South Carolina school system, and in 1880, he became a law clerk of the first Comptroller of the United States Treasury; from 1876 to 1879, he represented South Carolina in the Union League of America and was President of the South Carolina Republican Association in 1887; from 1885 to 1892, he served as Secretary of the Grant Monument Association, where he is credited with having led the initial fundraising effort that eventually brought in donations from 90,000 people worldwide to construct Grant's Tomb, still the largest mausoleum in North America; from 1885 to 1890, he was Chief Examiner of the Civil Service Board for New York City and County; in the 1896 election, he served as the head of the Colored Bureau of the National Republican ...

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