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The Encyclopedia Americana (1920)/Thomas, Calvin

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THOMAS, Calvin, American college professor: b. near Lapeer, Mich., 28 Oct. 1854; d. New York, 4 Nov. 1919. He was graduated at the University of Michigan in 1874, taking his A.B. degree the same year and the degree of LL.D. in 1904. He taught Latin and Greek at the Grand Rapids High School for a while, after which he studied philology at Leipzig in 1877-78. Following this course he devoted himself to the teaching of German, and was professor of that language at Columbia University. He edited a number of the standard German classics for school and college use and wrote extensively on philological subjects for educational and literary publications, besides assisting in the compilation of the New Standard Dictionary. In 1909 he edited an ‘Anthology of German literature.’