James Hardy Dillard

Dillard, James Hardy (dĭlˈərd) [key], 1856–1940, American educator, b. Nansemond co., Va., grad. Washington and Lee Univ., 1876. Professor (1891–1907) of Latin at Tulane, where he was also dean (1904–7) of the academic colleges, Dillard resigned to act as president (1907–31) of the Jeanes Foundation for black rural schools. He was director (1910–17) and president (1917–31) of the John F. Slater Fund. He contributed much to the improvement of African-American education and interracial relations.

See B. G. Brawley, Dr. Dillard of the Jeanes Fund (1930, repr. 1971).

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