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Rivers, R. H. (Richard Henderson), 1814-1894



Richard Henderson Rivers (1814-1894) was an educator and Methodist minister. Born in Montgomery County, Tennessee, he is the son of Edmund Rivers (1783–1859) and Sallie Henderson Rivers (1787–1876). Rivers joined the Tennessee Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church in 1831. He graduated from LaGrange College (Leighton, Ala.) in 1835 and taught as that college’s professor of ancient languages from 1836 to 1843. He next served as president of the following institutions: Athens Female Institute (Athens, Ala.) from 1843 to 1848, Centenary College of Louisiana (Jackson, La.) from 1849 to 1853, LaGrange College (Leighton, Ala.) and its successor Florence Wesleyan University (Florence, Ala.) from 1854 to 1861, Centenary College (Summerfield, Ala.), Somerville Female Institute (Somerville, Tenn.), Logan Female College (Russellville, Ky.) in 1868, and Martin Female College (Pulaski, Tenn.) from 1874 to 1879. During the 1870s and 1880s, Rivers also served as pastor at churches in Kentucky and Alabama.

Rivers authored the following books: Elements of Moral Philosophy (1859), Elements of Mental Philosophy (1862), Our Young People (1880), The Life of Robert Paine (1884), Arrows from Two Quivers (1890). During the 1890s, he also served as corresponding editor of the newspaper Central Methodist (Catlettsburg, Ky.).

In 1836, Rivers married Martha Bolling Cox Jones (1818–1897); they had nine children.

Found in 4 Collections and/or Records:

Centenary College of Louisiana Board of Trustees records

Identifier: CCL-Trustees
Scope and Contents This collection consists of records of the board of trustees of Centenary College (Brandon Springs, Mississippi) and Centenary College of Louisiana (Jackson, Louisiana). It includes administrative records (1843-1882), minutes (1841-1906), resolutions (1842-circa 1905), and correspondence and reports (circa 1845-1904).The administrative records include bylaws (1843), acts of incorporation (1848-1882), property records (1845-1871), and a construction contract for the Center/Centre...
Dates: 1841 - 1906

Richard Henderson Rivers biography

Identifier: SC-Cent. Misc. Mss. 280
Scope and Contents

Typescript of biographical essay on Richard Henderson Rivers (1814-1894), written by E. Brooks Holifield in 1992, and slated for publication in the "American National Biography." At Centenary College of Louisiana (Jackson, La.), Rivers became a professor in 1848 and served as college president from 1849 until 1854.

Dates: 1992

Richard Henderson Rivers correspondence

Identifier: SC-Cent. Misc. Mss. 46
Scope and Contents Collection consists of letters addressed to Richard Henderson Rivers, who served as president of Centenary College of Louisiana (Jackson, La.) from 1849 to 1853. Letter dated 1851 from Daniel Martindale, Centenary faculty secretary, contains details about students suspended during the past year. Letter dated 1853 from Henry Tutwiler expresses thanks for being awarded an honorary degree. Letter dated 1854 from Thomas Coffee (with additional note from E.R. Porter) contains details...
Dates: 1851 - 1854

John Y. Young family papers

Identifier: SC-Mss. Coll. 111
Scope and Contents This collection consists of digital facsimile printouts of correspondence to and from members of the Dr. John Y. Young family.Series 1: John Smith Young correspondence, 1853-1855. This series consists of letters written by John Smith Young to his siblings and parents. During this time, Young was a student at Centenary College of Louisiana. Many letters contain details about life at Centenary, his personal views on religion, and news of family members, especially his cousin...
Dates: 1848 - 1868