Collier's New Encyclopedia (1921)/Denney, Joseph Villiers
DENNEY, JOSEPH VILLIERS, an American educator, born at Aurora, Ill., in 1862. He graduated from the University of Michigan in 1885 and studied law in the law department of the same institution. After carrying on post-graduate studies in Germany and France he engaged in journalism for two years. He was then engaged in teaching in the high schools until 1891, when he was appointed assistant professor of rhetoric at the Ohio State University. He became successively professor of rhetoric and English literature, and dean of the College of Arts, Philosophy, and Science at that institution. He was a member of several learned societies and was the editor of many well-known works in English language and literature.