Anderson, Henry J. (Henry James), 1799-1875

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Birth 1799-02-06
Death 1875-10-19

Biographical notes:

Professor of Mathematics and Astronomy at Columbia College, 1825-1843, Trustee of Columbia, 1851-1875, and Professor Emeritus, 1866-1875.

He received a Columbia A.B. in 1818, A.M. in 1821, M.D. in 1824, and LL.D. in 1850; and was the son-in-law of Lorenzo Da Ponte.

From the description of Henry J. Anderson letters, 1823-1900, bulk 1823-1846. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 460880686

BIOGHIST REQUIRED Henry James Anderson was born in New York City in 1799. He received his Bachelor of Arts from Columbia University in 1818, and an M.D. from the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1824. He served as Professor of Mathematics and Astronomy at Columbia College from 1825-1843. At the age of 49, Anderson joined the United States Dead Sea Expedition as a geologist. While abroad, Anderson converted to the Catholic faith and would become known for his zeal and leadership within the Catholic Church throughout his lifetime. The New York Catholic Protectory was both founded upon and built under his influence; Anderson also served as president of the Catholic Union. Pope Pius IX received him numerous times, and bestowed on him the title of Knight Commander of the order of Saint Gregory the Great.

BIOGHIST REQUIRED Aside from his religious merits, Anderson received an honorary L.L.D in 1850, and served as Trustee of Columbia from 1851-1875. Anderson was Professor Emeritus from 1866 until his death in 1875. The majority of Anderson's writings were for the New York Quarterly Review and mathematical journals.

From the guide to the Henry J. Anderson Papers, 1823-1844, (Columbia University. Rare Book and Manuscript Library)


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