S.Z. Sharp (Professor S. Z. Sharp, A. M.) first president of Ashland College, Ohio, was born in Airy Dale, Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania, where his father, Solomon Sharp, also was born. He began teaching school in the year 1855, and afterwards attended the Pennsylvania State Normal School at Millersville, where he graduated in 1860. He became principal of Kishacoquillas seminary in 1861, assistant professor of languages in the Pennsylvania State Normal School in 1866, and in 1868 took charge of New Providence Normal school in the state of Tennessee. In 1875 he accepted a professorship in Maryville College, Tennessee, and in 1878 was elected president of Ashland College. His wife, Salome Z. harp, was the daughter of Shem Zook, a citizen of note and an extensive contributor to the agricultural department at Washington. She was born March 31, 1839, at Reedsville, Mifflin county, Pennsylvania. The children of the above are: Annie L., born April 9, 1865; Theodore S., born August 15, 1869; and Maurice, born March 17, 1874.
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