Note: I am not researching this family - this is part of a transcription project.Beth Hurd, Johnston, RI
from History of the state of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations Biographical NY: The American Historical Society, Inc. 1920
"JOHN LINCOLN ALGER, A. M.--The position Professor Alger holds among the educators of New England is one of honor, and has been won by close devotion to the profession he embraced since 1890.His connection with the Rhode Island State Normal School at Providence began in 1908, and has resulted in increased professional reputation for Professor Alger, and in a higher plane of efficiency and usefulness for the institution.He is a son of Nathan Willis and Mary Key (French) Alger, his parents residing in Vermont.
John Lincoln Alger was born in Eaton, Quebec, Canada, November 20, 1864.His education was completed at Brown University, graduating with the degree of Bachelor of Arts, class of 1890, making Phi Beta Kappa.In 1895 he was awarded the Master's degree with the class of that year.Prior to graduation, in 1890, he began teaching in the Rutland (Vermont) High School, under the principalship of Professor George Grafton Wilson, then came to Providence and taught in the high school until 1892, when he became instructor in mathematics at Brown Unviersity, a post he occupied from 1892 until 1895.He then resigned to accept the superintendency of the public schools of Bennington, Vt., holding that position five years, 1895-1900.The next four years he spent in Normal work as principal of the Vermont State Normal School of Johnson, going thence, in 1904, to Vermont Academy, Saxtons River, Vt., as principal.Four years were spent at the academy, then came his return to Providence, R. I., in September, 1908, as head of the Rhode Island State Normal School, his present position ten years later.He is a member of several professional societies, is well-known in educational circles as instructor, speaker and writer, and is wholly devoted to his work.Out-of-door recreation attracts him, and his vacation periods are usually spent in some spot convenient to ocean or forest.
Professor Alger married, June 30, 1896, Edith Goodyear, of North Haven, Conn."
Transcriber's Note: there is a John Lincoln Alger building at Rhode Island College, Providence.