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John Holmes Agnew
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John Holmes Agnew was born at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, May 4, 1804. He was graduated Bachelor of Arts from Dickinson College in 1823, and studied Theology at Princeton Seminary in 1824-1825.

He began his work as a teacher of Ancient Languages in Marion College, Missouri, in 1825. In 1828 he removed to Delaware and became Professor of Ancient Languages in Newark College, where he remained until 1837.

He occupied the same chair at Washington College for one year. In 1845 he was appointed Professor of Greek and Latin Languages at the University of Michigan in place of Professor Joseph Whiting, deceased, and held that position until 1852.

After leaving the University he became Principal of a seminary in the State of New York and later devoted himself to literary work in New York City. He received the degree of Doctor of Divinity from Washington College, Pennsylvania, in 1852. He died at Peekskill, New York, in 1865.