John P. Greeley, County Superintendent of Schools of Orange County, was born in Swanville, Maine, in 1860. Was educated in the common and high schools of his native place. Graduated at the State Normal School at Castine in 1883, standing second in a class of forty-five. Before graduating he taught in his native town six years. Had charge of the graded schools at Searsport for two years, and in Belfast two years. Prof. Greeley was elected Superintendent of Schools of his native place for three successive years, resigning when he came to California in 1884. Taught one year in San Joaquin County, and the remainder of the time in Los Angeles County. Was principal of the schools at Placentia for four years. When Orange County was formed he was elected as its first Superintendent of Public Schools, being elected in July, 1889, receiving the highest number of votes of any candidate.
He was married July 7, 1889, to A. Evelyn Earl, of Los Angeles city.