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Freeman, Robert Tanner
Dr. George Franklin Grant (1847-1910) of Oswego, New York, received a degree from the Harvard Dental School in 1870 and then joined the faculty as an authority on mechanical dentistry. He was the first African-American faculty member at the university and remembered today for his invention and patenting of the golf tee.
Albumen print of George Franklin Grant, the first African-American faculty member
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Gift of Dr. Charles Wilson to the Harvard Dental School, 1894
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George Franklin Grant (September 15, 1846 – August 21, 1910) was the first African-American professor at Harvard. He was also a Boston dentist, and an inventor of a wooden golf tee.
He was born on September 15, 1846, in Oswego, New York, to Phillis Pitt and Tudor Elandor Grant.
He entered the Harvard School of Dental Medicine in 1868, and graduated in 1870. He then took a position in the department of mechanical dentistry in 1871, making him Harvard University's first African-American faculty member.
He was a founding member and later the president of the Harvard Odontological Society and was a member of the Harvard Dental Alumni Association where he was elected president in 1881. In 1899 he improved on Percy Ellis' "Perfectum" tee.
He died on August 21, 1910, at his vacation home in Chester, New Hampshire, of liver disease.
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