Arnold, Thomas, 1795-1842

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Birth 1795-06-13
Death 1842-06-12

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Thomas Arnold was an English deacon, reformer and historian, best known as headmaster of the Rugby School. After a distinguished educational career, he was appointed headmaster of the Rugby School, where his influence on students enhanced his reputation as the students made names for themselves after graduation. He also published social criticism, collections of his sermons, translations of classical works, and histories. An active social reformer, Arnold shared his liberal views as an educator, critic, and deacon. His son and student, poet and critic Matthew Arnold, was greatly influenced by his father's teaching and theories.

From the description of Thomas Arnold letter to Gentlemen, circa 1830 Feb. 2. (Pennsylvania State University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 63147340

English educator; father of Matthew Arnold.

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Beaumont St., to an unidentified correspondent, [1842?] Saturday. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270131468

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Rugby, to an unidentified recipient, 1841 Apr. 22. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270131729

Epithet: Headmaster of Rugby

British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000001149.0x000095

English educator and historian, headmaster of Rugby, 1828-1842, and father of Matthew Arnold. He was called "Arnold of Rugby"

From the guide to the Thomas Arnold letters, 1837, 1840, (The New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division.)


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