MALACHI DUNSMOE CORNISH was born April 11, 1860 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to David and Rachel Cornish. He attended the James Forten Grammar School (formerly the Bird School) and the Institute for Colored Youth, at 9th and Bainbridge Street in Philadelphia, graduating from the latter school in June, 1878.
Cornish became a teacher, first in Nanticoke and Barren Creek Springs in Wicomico County, Maryland, in 1884. He married Henrietta Shepard on August 26, 1884. A daughter was born May 15, 1885.
While living in Camden, he taught in Gouldtown (near Bridgeton), where he was principal; Merchantville and Woodbury, where he was also Supervising Principal of the Woodbury's colored schools. Cornish held a first-class State Teaching Certificate, and the in 1898 Board of Education of Camden appointed him a teacher in the West Jersey Orphanage, when it was located at South 6th and Mechanic Streets.
In 1899 Malachi Cornish was appointed principal of the Mount Vernon School in the 500 block of Mount Vernon Street. He served as principal at the Mount Vernon School until the new John Greenleaf Whittier School on Chestnut Street below South 8th Street opened in 1911. Malachi Cornish and his whole staff were assigned to the new school. He remained principal at Whittier until his retirement in 1919, after serving the students of Camden for 21 years. He was replaced at Whittier by his son-in-law, Dr. Howard W Brown.
Malachi Cornish died on December 30, 1930 at the age of 70. At the time of his death, he resided at 739 Kaighn Avenue, and was Chairman of the Division of Colored Voters of the Republican State Committee. He was interred in the Mount Pisgah Cemetery, located on Warwick Road in Lawnside, New Jersey.
The Camden Board of Education's minutes from its meeting of January 26, 1931 said the following about Malachi Cornish:
"His interest in the welfare and education of the colored children of the community was always a dominant motive in his work as a member of the Board, and there was never a time when he was not ready to lend every effort to any movement that was conceived to be in the interest of education of the youth of his race."
The wife of Malachi Cornish, Henrietta Shepard Cornish, was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She was the daughter of Jackson and Emily Shepard. She graduated from the Institute for Colored Youth a year after her future husband, in June of 1879. She taught one year in Harford County, Maryland and four years in Glenolden, Pennsylvania. In 1891, Mrs. Cornish was appointed Principal of the North Woodbury School, which position she has filled through at least 1912.
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