Robert Franklin Pennell

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Robert Franklin Pennell (July 13, 1850 – October 22, 1905) was an American educator and classicist.

Pennell was born on July 13, 1850, in Freeport, Maine to Robert and Caroline Pennell. He graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy in 1868, where his uncle, Gideon Lane Soule, was principal, and from Harvard University in 1871 with a degree in classics.[1] Following his graduation, he became an instructor at Exeter, later teaching Latin.[2] He resigned in 1882, seven years after in 1889 becoming the principal of the Marysville schools in California. From 1890 to 1893 he was president of the Stockton, California schools, and from 1893 to 1897 he was president of Chico State Normal School.[3] He died in 1905 in San Francisco, California.


  • Ancient Greece, from the earliest times down to the death of Alexander, 1874
  • Rome, from the earliest times down to 476 A.D., 1878
  • The Latin Subjunctive, 1895


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Preceded by
Edward Timothy Pierce
President of Chico State Normal School
Succeeded by
Carleton M. Ritter