From NKAA, Notable Kentucky African Americans Database (main entry)

Hathaway, James Shelton

(born: 1862  -  died: 1930) 

James S. Hathaway was born in Mt. Sterling, KY, the son of Lewis and Ann Hathaway. He was the husband of Celia Hathaway. James Hathaway was a teacher in Kentucky schools. He organized and established The Standard Printing and Publishing Company in Lexington. He taught at Berea College for ten years, then later became the 3rd president of Kentucky State Institute for Negroes (now Kentucky State University) in 1902 [see the Office of the President Records, a Kentucky Digital Library webpage]. Hathaway had also been president of the State Association of Colored Teachers [renamed Kentucky Negro Educational Association], 1889-1890. He was the principal of Richmond High School in Richmond, KY, when he died in 1930. For more see Biographical Sketches of Prominent Negro Men and Women of Kentucky, by W. D. Johnson; and Office of the President Records (Kentucky State University) in the the Kentucky Digital Library.

  See photo image of James S. Hathaway at the New York Public Library Digital Gallery.



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NKAA Entry: Kentucky Negro Educational Association (KNEA)
NKAA Source: Biographical sketches of prominent Negro men and women of Kentucky

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