JOHN RUSSELL HAWKINS,Negro Genealogy,African American,Black History


TYPE: Antique Photograph

Date published:1902

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the oldest son of Ossian and Christlana Hawkins, was born In the town of Warrenton, Warren County, North Carolina, on May 31, 1862. At the age of six years, he began attending the public school of his native town and made rapid progress in his studies. When old enough to help his father work, he had to stop attending school regularly and apply himself to work on his father’s farm. In the mean time he kept up studies by attending night school and employing private tutors. At the age of fifteen, he went with four members of the highest class in the regular graded school to take the public examination for school teacher. Of the five examined he made the highest grades and received an appointment as assistant teacher in the same school where he had received his first training. In 1881, he left home and went to Hampton Institute, Hampton, Va., where he spent one year in special study preparatory for business. In 1882, he left Hampton and accepted a position in the Government service, as railway postal clerk, on the line between Raleigh, N. G., and Norfolk, Va. Here he soon made a record that classed him among the best clerks in the service. In 1885, Mr. Hawkins returned to his native town and was elected as principal of the graded school. Here he spent two years teaching and reading law under private tutors. In 1887, he was asked to go to Kittrell, N. C., to fill the position as business manager and treasurer of Kittrell College, then known,as Kittrell Normal and Industrial Institute. So acceptably did Mr. Hawkins fill this position that in 1890 he was elected to the Presidency of Kittrell College which position he has filled with credit. During the first eight years of his work at Kittrell, he developed that work so rapidly that the trustees deemed it wise to accept his recommendations and broaden the work so as to cover a regular-college course……


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