James Mickelborough Greenwood
Instructor in Mathematics,
Natural Philosophy & Logic,
James Mickelborough Greenwood,
son of Edmond and Jeanette (Foster) Greenwood, was born November 15,
1837 in Sangamon County, IL. His parents moved to Adair
County, MO in 1852 where, after completing his public school
education at age 16, James began teaching in the county rural
schools. He later attended the Methodist Seminary at Canton,
MO, then taught again in Adair County schools as well as those in
Knox and Scotland Counties, MO and Adams County, IL.
In 1867, Joseph Baldwin recruited
Greenwood to teach mathematics, logic and natural philosophy at the
Normal School he was organizing in Kirksville. He also hired
Greenwood's wife Amanda. Other than six months at Mount
Pleasant College in Huntsville, MO, the Greenwoods remained on
Baldwin's faculty until 1874 when James accepted the position of
Superintendent of the Kansas City public Schools.
During his years in Kansas City, Greenwood, a
prolific writer and lecturer, became one of the leading figures in state and
national public school education. He served one term as President of the
Missouri Teachers Association and was honored with a Doctor of Laws from the
University of Missouri in 1896. He was an extremely active member of the
National Education Association, serving as its Treasurer, 1890-95, and
President, 1898. Upon his retirement in May 1913, he was appointed Advisor
to the Kansas City Board of Education and continued in that work until his
death, at his office desk, on August 1, 1914.
a Kirksville teacher, were married in 1859. Their children
were Ada (Mrs WH) McLaughlin, Victor H, and Jeanette "Nettie" (Mrs
CA) Lewers. Amanda died in 1904, and James married Mrs
Josephine (Woodbury) Heermans, a long-time friends and the Principal
of Whittier School in 1913.