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Wesley, Charles Harris, 1891-1987


Born in Louisville, Kentucky, Charles Wesley graduated from Fisk University in 1911. He received his M.A. in economics from Yale in 1913. He continued his studies at the Guilde Internationale in Paris before returning to the U.S. to earn his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1925. He was an instructor of history and modern languages at Howard University from 1913 to 1917, an assistant professor of history from 1917 to 1919, and an associate professor from 1919 to 1920. In 1921 Wesley was made a full professor and head of the history department. He was also the minister at Ebenezer AME Church in Washington, D.C., from 1918 to 1923 and a minister of Campbell AME Church in Anacostia from 1923 to 1928. He was the dean of the School of Liberal Arts at Howard from 1937 to 1938, dean of Howard’s graduate school from 1938 to 1942, dean of Wilberforce University, and president of the College of Education and Industrial Art in Ohio.

Uzelac, Constance Porter. “Wesley, Charles Harris.” American National Biography. February 2000. http://www.anb.org/articles/14/14-00879.html. 28 March, 2005.

 Who’s Who in Colored America . Ed. Thomas Yenser. 5 th ed. Thomas Yenser: New York, 1940. pg. 550-553.


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