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William Elliot Griffis

Born: Sep 17, 1843

Death: Feb 5, 1928

Birthplace: Philadelphia

Nationality: United States

William Elliot Griffis

Date of Birth : Sep 17, 1843
Date of Death : Feb 5, 1928
Birth Place : Philadelphia

William Elliot Griffis was an American orientalist, Congregational minister, lecturer, and prolific author. Griffis was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the son of a sea captain and later a coal trader. During the American Civil War, he served three months in the 44th Pennsylvania Volunteers Regiment after Robert E. Lee invaded Pennsylvania in 1863. After the war, he attended Rutgers University at New Brunswick, New Jersey, graduating in 1869. At Rutgers, Griffis was an English and Latin language tutor for Taro Kusakabe, a young samurai from the province of Echizen. After a year of travel in Europe, he studied at the seminary of the Reformed Church in America in New Brunswick.

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