Blacks @ Dartmouth 1775 to 1950

African Americans @ Dartmouth College 1775-1950

William Henry Furniss

Dartmouth College
Class of 1862 (attended: 1859-60)
Born
Jul 10, 1844, Williamsbug, NY
Died
Nov 27, 1920, Hartford, CT
School Dartmouth College Class 1862
Born Jul 10, 1844, Williamsbug, NY Year(s) 1859-60
Died Nov 27, 1920, Hartford, CT

Career summary

Assistant secretary of state of Mississippi during Reconstruction, educator, and government postal worker

Quotes from biographical sources

... Mr. Furniss, who was of the Negro race, came to college from Williamsburg, N. Y. He was seventy-eight years old at the time of his death. His history for some years after leaving college has not been ascertained. In the days of reconstruction he served for a time as assistant secretary of state of Mississippi, and later taught in Alcorn College, Mississippi, and Lincoln Institute, Missouri, and in the public schools of Indianapolis, Ind.

In 1882 he was appointed to a clerkship in the Indianapolis postoffice, and served until he was retired on a pension in July 1920. He had been suffering from acute melancholia for some time before his death.

One son [is Dr. H. W. Furnisss]. Another is Dr. Sumner A. Furniss of Indianapolis.


Necrology. (Feb 1921). Dartmouth Alumni Magazine, 13(4), 247-248.

Other source(s)

(1972). In Louis R. Harlan, Raymond W. Smock, & Barbara S. Kraft (Eds.), The Booker T. Washington Papers: 1899-1900 (Vol. 5, pp. 464): University of Illinois Press.