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|Charles Custis Harrison|
Charles C. Harrison, 1911
|Provost of the|
University of Pennsylvania
|Preceded by||William Pepper|
|Succeeded by||Edgar Fahs Smith|
|Born||May 3, 1844|
|Died|| February 12, 1929 84) (aged|
Charles Custis Harrison (May 3, 1844 – February 12, 1929) was an American university provost. He was born in Philadelphia on May 3, 1844, the son of George Leib and Sarah Ann (Waples) Harrison.
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His early education was at the private school of Miss Tatham on Pine Street in Philadelphia and the parish school of St. Luke's Episcopal Church before entering Episcopal Academy. He received the Bachelor of Arts in 1862, the Masters of Arts in 1865, and an honorary LL.D. in 1911 from the University of Pennsylvania.
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After stepping down as Provost, he continued his involvement with the University as the Vice President and later, President, of the Board of the Managers of the University Museum (1911-1929). During this period, joint expeditions with the British Museum were planned and carried out and many works of art were procured for the Museum. Harrison won the Philadelphia Award in the year 1924. He died in Philadelphia on February 12, 1929.
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