James H. Boswell, 1932

Photograph of James H. Boswell

Photograph of James H. Boswell in 1932.

James Henry Boswell was born on September 16th, 1910, in Jersey City, New Jersey. Boswell entered Rutgers in 1928 where he majored in chemistry and was active in debate and German club. While at Rutgers, fellow African American forerunner John H. Morrow (class of 1931) was his roommate.

After graduating in 1932, Boswell worked as a teacher, including at Campbell College, an HBCU that used to be across the street from Jackson State University, another historically black institution. Boswell also worked as an insurance salesman and was a member of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity.

James H. Boswell, senior photo from the Scarlet Letter yearbook

Boswell's biographical note in the 1932 Scarlet Letter yearbook.