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Richard Alvis Marsh

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Kentucky native Richard A. Marsh had a notable military and journalism career before distinguishing himself as an educator in the Rio Grande Valley. He arrived in San Antonio in 1874 then left for Fort Ringgold (Rio Grande City) in 1880 to teach the fort's children. Disheartened by the particularly substandard educational facilities available to children of Mexican descent, Marsh devoted the rest of his life, first as a traveling teacher for area ranch schools and later as Hidalgo County Superintendent of Schools (1902-1914), to significantly upgrade the area's public school system.

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