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date: 25 November 2020

Tillman, Nathaniel Patrick, Sr. locked

1898–1965 African American educator and philologist; he was an eminently successful debating coach and won acclaim as a director of theater productions of the works of English playwright William Shakespeare.
  • Edward F. Sweat

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The only son of Nathan and Catherine Tillman, Nathaniel Patrick Tillman, Sr. was born on January 17, 1898, in Birmingham, Alabama. Tillman's parents died when he was still a boy, and he was reared by his grandmother. He received his B.A. degree in 1920 from Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia. On September 13, 1920, Tillman married Mattie V. Reynolds. Two children were born from that union: Nathaniel P., Jr., who later became a well-known educator, and Virginia, later Mrs. Whatley. After spending two years as a teacher at Alcorn College in Mississippi, Tillman returned to Atlanta in 1924 and spent the remainder of his academic career there.

Tillman earned both his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Wisconsin, in 1927 and 1940, respectively. He also studied at the University of Oxford in England in the summer of 1934 and ...

A version of this article originally appeared in Africana: The Encyclopedia of the African and African American Experience.

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