George Franklin Grant biography and facts

Dentist from United States of America

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. In 1991 the USGA recognized him as the inventor of the wooden tee. A modification of Percy Ellis' "Perfectum" tee  ( Wikipedia )


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Date of birth
Place of birth
United States of America


Company Job title From To
Harvard University


Institution From To
Harvard School of Dental Medicine
Harvard University


Date of death
Place of death
New Hampshire

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