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date: 25 November 2020

Gregg, John Andrew locked

(18 Feb. 1877–17 Feb. 1953),
  • Henry Warner Bowden

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African Methodist Episcopal (AME) bishop and educator, was born in Eureka, Kansas, the son of Alexander Gregg and Eliza Frances Allen. Early positive experiences in Sunday schools and the Epworth League (a Methodist youth organization) encouraged him to develop good study habits and to expect successful results from his efforts. During the Spanish-American War, Gregg signed on for service in the Twenty-third Kansas Volunteers. Within six months he had risen from the rank of sergeant to that of lieutenant. This is all the more notable because few African Americans were commissioned as officers in those days. His capacity for disciplined work blended with his proven ability to coordinate large-scale activities, and these qualities stood him in good stead through the following half century. In 1900 he married Celia Ann Nelson; they adopted one child. In 1945, four years after his first wife's death, he married Melberta McFarland ...

A version of this article originally appeared in African American National Biography.

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