Biography of Ephraim Perry Colson

Progressive work in the educational field of Rhode Island has been done since 1920 by Ephraim Perry Colson in the office which he has held during that period of superintendent of the schools of and Foster. A prior experience dating back to 1907 was brought to his present office and has materially assisted him in the efficient work he has performed in the system here. Sincerely devoted to his work, Mr. Colson has constantly sought to improve himself while supervising that of the student body over which he has jurisdiction, with the results that his efforts have met with success and he enjoys both the confidence and the admiration of the community.

Ephraim Perry Colson was born in Rockland, Maine, September 11, 1882, a son of John and Rebecca Crockett (Perry) Colson, both deceased. His father was a retail shoe merchant and also conducted a general mercantile business in Rockland. After completing his studies in the elementary and high schools of Rockland, he entered Bates College and was graduated from that institution with the class of 1907, receiving the degree of Bachelor of Arts. Since then he has taken supplementary summer courses at Harvard, Cornell and Columbia universities. He began his teaching in Old Mystic, Connecticut, where he continued for one year and then spent four years in similar occupation in Westbrook and two at Pawcatuck, Connecticut. He then came to Rhode Island and for five years taught at West , being called to Scituate in 1920 as superintendent of its system. His office is located in the old Town Hall in North Scituate. He is a trustee of the North Scituate Public Library, and a member of the National Education Association, department of superintendents, and of the Barnard Club. He attends the Congregational Church; and in politics is identified with the Republican party. His favorite recreations are swimming, boating and outdoor sports, and he is fond of good music. Fraternally, he is affiliated with Temple Lodge, No. 18, Free and Accepted Masons, and Scituate Chapter, Royal Arch Masons, and has served both bodies as musical director. He is also past president of the village and rural section of the Rhode Island Institute of Instruction.

Source: Carroll, Charles. Rhode Island: Three Centuries of Democracy, vol 3 of 4. New York: Lewis historical Pub. Co., 1932.

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