Excerpt from The Instano, 1912 James E. Ament was born, September 2, 1863, at Woodburn, Illinois, his parents being James Roe and Emily Dodson Ament. Though thorn in the North, Dr. Amen-t's ancestry are of Southern extraction. His great-grandfather was Thomas Metcalfe, U. S. Senator, and former Governor of Kentucky. Directly or indirectly, the family, on the paternal side, is also related to the Dyers and the Monroes. Dr. Ame-nt's mother's family, on the maternal side, were the Wil liamses, of Amherst County, Virginia. His grandfather, on his mother's side, was Dr. Eli Dodson, of Manchester, England. Dr. Ament has great love for teaching, and teaches because of that love. He always says that he became a teacher quite by accident, that he was really intended to be an architect. His training in, and knowledge of, architecture has been of the greatest value to him, however, in his work of building up great schools. His early education was received in the public schools of his native state, and in Valparaiso University. Later, his interest in education led him to graduate from the Illinois State Normal University. Kentucky University made him a Doctor of Laws. Though never matriculatin-g as a regular student, Dr. Ament has been an independent student of University Administration at the seats of several of our noted universities. For this purpose, he lived a year at Ann Arbor. Dr. Ament's teaching career began in 1882, at which time he became a teacher in the public'sch-cols of Illinois. In 1892, he was chosen superintendent of schools of Carroll, Iowa. He left this position in 1895 to become Superintend ent of the City Schools of Rock Island, Illinois, the last position he held in public school work. In 1897, he became the first president of the Northwestern State Normal School at Alva, Oklahoma. In 1904 he became president of the State Normal School at Warrensburg, Missouri, continuing there until 1906, when he took up his work as principal of Indiana State Normal School. In all the positions he has held, large growth has come to the school, and his administration is always remembered as one of great prosperity. During his work as an educator, he has contributed many articles, based on educational problems, which are of great value. Dr. Ament is also a member of the National Educational Association. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.