Harris, William Torrey, 1835-1909

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Birth 1835-09-10
Death 1909-11-05
Americans
English

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Educator, author, editor, and philosopher.

From the description of Papers of William Torrey Harris, 1866-1908. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 82428651

Harris was an educator and philosopher. He was superintendent of schools in St. Louis, Mo. (1867-1880) and U.S. Commissioner of Education (1889-1906). He founded the Journal of Speculative Philosophy in 1867 and was the leading exponent of Hegelianism in American philosophy.

From the description of Correspondence, 1874-1924. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 122520497

From the guide to the William Torrey Harris correspondence, 1874-1924., (Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University)

American philosopher and educator.

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Concord, Mass., to the editors of The Critic, Jeannette L. and Joseph B. Gilder, 1884 Aug. 22. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 644620673

Philosopher and educator. Born Sept. 10, 1835, near North Killingly, Conn.; died Nov. 5, 1909, in Providence, R.I. Resident of Concord, Mass., 1880-1889. Began teaching in St. Louis public schools in 1857. Became Assistant Superintendent of Schools in St. Louis in 1866, Superintendent in 1868. Student and scholar of German philosophy, particularly of Hegel. Founded Journal of Speculative Philosophy in 1867. In 1880, resigned position in St. Louis to assist Bronson Alcott and F.B. Sanborn in establishing Concord School of Philosophy. In 1889, accepted position of.

(Cont.) United States Commissioner of Education; resigned in 1906. Assistant editor of Johnson's New Universal Cyclopaedia; editor of Appleton's International Education Series. Writings include: Introduction to the Study of Philosophy (1889); The Spiritual Sense of Dante's Divina Commedia (1889); Hegel's Logic: A Book on the Genesis of the Categories of the Mind (1890); The Psychologic Foundations of Education (1898).

From the description of Correspondence to William Torrey Harris, [1864]-1909. (Concord Public Library). WorldCat record id: 33423117

Philosopher and educator. Born Sept. 10, 1835, near North Killingly, Conn.; died Nov. 5, 1909, in Providence, R.I. Resident of Concord, Mass., 1880-1889. Began teaching in St. Louis Public Schools in 1857. Became Assistant Superintendent of Schools in St. Louis in 1866, Superintendent in 1868. Student and scholar of German philosophy, particularly of Hegel. Founded Journal of Speculative Philosophy in 1867. In 1880, resigned position in St. Louis to assist A. Bronson Alcott and Franklin Benjamin Sanborn in running the Concord School of Philosophy.

(Cont.) Founded in Concord, Mass., by educator, philosopher, mystic, lecturer, poet, Transcendentalist, and reformer Alcott, the Concord School of Philosophy opened in 1879. It consisted of a yearly summer session of lectures primarily on literature, education, philosophy, and spiritualism. Lecturers included Alcott, Harris, Sanborn, Elizabeth Palmer Peabody, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Ednah D. Cheney, H.K. Jones, Julia Ward Howe, T.W. Higginson, and others. The first session of the school was held in the Orchard House (the Alcott home). "Hillside Chapel" lecture hall for school.

(Cont.) was built through a gift from Elizabeth Thompson. The final session was held in 1888, (year of Alcott's death). In 1889, Harris accepted position of United States Commissioner of Education; resigned 1906. Assistant editor, Johnson's New Universal Cyclopaedia; editor, Appleton's International Education Series. Writings include: Introduction to the Study of Philosophy (1889); The Spiritual Sense of Dante's Divina Commedia (1889); Hegel's Logic: A Book on the Genesis of the Categories of the Mind (1890); The Psychologic Foundations of Education (1898).

From the description of William Torrey Harris Concord School of Philosophy scrapbook, 1879-1887. (Concord Public Library). WorldCat record id: 36631239

Biographical Note

  • 1835, Sept. 10: Born, North Killingly, Conn.
  • 1855 - 1857 : Attended Yale University, New Haven, Conn.
  • 1857 - 1867 : Teacher and administrator, St. Louis, Mo., public schools
  • 1867 - 1880 : Superintendent, St. Louis, Mo., public schools
  • 1867: Established Journal of Speculative Philosophy
  • 1870: LL.D., University of Missouri, Springfield, Mo.
  • 1878: Honorary “Officier de l'Academie,” Paris Exposition, Paris, France
  • 1880: United States representative, Bureau of Education, International Congress of Educators, Brussels, Belgium
  • 1880: Assisted in establishing and lectured at Concord School of Philosophy, Concord, Mass.
  • 1889: Received from French government title of “Officer de l'instruction publique”
  • 1889 - 1906 : United States Commissioner of Education
  • 1899: United States representative, Bureau of Education, Paris Exposition, Paris, France
  • 1900: Editor in chief, Webster's International Dictionary
  • 1906: Resigned as United States Commissioner of Education
  • 1909, Nov. 5: Died, Washington, D.C.

From the guide to the William Torrey Harris Papers, 1865-1908, (Manuscript Division Library of Congress)

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