Remey, Charles Mason, 1874-1974

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Birth 1874-05-15
Death 1974-02-04

Biographical notes:

Charles Mason Remey, architect, and other Remey (Ramey) and Mason family members.

From the description of Charles Mason Remey family papers, 1778-1949 (bulk 1855-1932). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 79455333

Remey studied architecture at Cornell, 1893-1896, and at the Ecole des Beaux Arts (Paris), 1896-1903; he taught architecture at George Washington University, 1906-1910. He was particularly interested in oriental architecture. Author of several works about the Baha'i faith, he designed the Baha'i temple on Mount Carmel.

From the description of Reminiscences and letters, 1909-1940. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122595250

Charles Mason Remey (1874-1974) taught architecture at George Washington University from 1906 to 1910 and was appointed to design the Bahá'í Temple on Mount Carmel in Israel. He wrote books and gave lectures on subjects such as architecture, the Bahá'í faith, and travel in the Orient. He was the founder and organizer of the movement to build the National Church and Shrine of the United States of America in Washington, D.C.

From the guide to the Charles Mason Remey papers, 1940-1949, (The New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division.)

Charles Mason Remey (1874-1974) taught architecture at George Washington University from 1906 to 1910 and was appointed to design the Bahá'í Temple on Mount Carmel in Israel. He wrote books and gave lectures on subjects such as architecture, the Bahá'í faith, and travel in the Orient. He was the founder and organizer of the movement to build the National Church and Shrine of the United States of America in Washington, D.C.

From the description of Charles Mason Remey papers, 1940-1949. (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 144652385

Charles Mason Remey: studied architecture at Cornell, at École des Beaux Arts (Paris), 1896-1903; professor of architecture, George Washington University, 1908-1910; active in the Bahá'i faith and designer of the Bahá'i temple on Mount Carmel; author.

From the guide to the Charles Mason Remey papers, 1891-1957, 1939-1957, (Manuscripts and Archives)

Charles Mason Remey: studied architecture at Cornell, at École des Beaux Arts (Paris), 1896-1903; professor of architecture, George Washington University, 1908-1910; active in the Bahá'i faith and designer of the Bahá'i temple on Mount Carmel; author.

From the description of Charles Mason Remey papers, 1891-1957 (inclusive), 1939-1957 (bulk). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 702168568

Charles Mason Remey (1874-1974) was an American architect and author and adherent of the Baha'i faith. He designed and built Baha'i houses of worship in Uganda and Ethiopia (three others were designed but never constructed), and traveled extensively to promote the religion. In 1960 his claim to be the successor to Shoghi Effendi as Guardian, or worldwide head, of the Baha'i caused a major schism which persists to this day.

From the guide to the Charles Mason Remey Papers, before 1941, (Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries)

Charles Mason Remey was an architect, author, and a religious leader of the Baha'i faith.

He was born in Burlington, Iowa, May 15, 1874 and studied architecture at Cornell University and the Ecole des Arts in Paris. Remey embraced the Baha'i faith in 1899 and was appointed to design Baha'i temples in Israel, Iran, and Africa. Remey traveled widely to lecture in the interests of the Baha'i faith, and he wrote and published several volumes on the history and beliefs of the Baha'is. He was married briefly to Gertrude Heim Klemm (1887-1933). In his later years, Remey resided in Italy, but he continued to travel and lecture in Europe and Latin America. Charles Mason Remey died in 1974.

From the description of Charles Mason Remey papers, 1836-1940. (Johns Hopkins University). WorldCat record id: 48394097

Biographical Note

Charles Mason

  • 1804, Oct. 24: Born, Pompey, N.Y.
  • 1829: Graduated, United States Military Academy, Annapolis, Md.
  • 1830 - 1831 : Assistant professor in engineering, United States Military Academy, Annapolis, Md.
  • 1832: Admitted to New York bar
  • 1837: Married Angelica Gear
  • 1837: Aide and public prosecutor, Des Moines County, Wisconsin Territory
  • 1838 - 1847 : Chief justice, Supreme court, territory of Iowa
  • 1851: Member, commission to draft the first law code of Iowa
  • 1851 - 1852 : Judge, Des Moines County, Iowa
  • 1853 - 1857 : United States commissioner of patents
  • 1857: Member, first Iowa State Board of Education
  • 1864: Chairman, Democratic National Central Committee
  • 1882, Feb. 25: Died, Burlington, Iowa

George Collier Remey

  • 1841, Aug. 10: Born, Burlington, Iowa
  • 1859: Graduated, United .States Military Academy, Annapolis, Md. Commissioned midshipman Commissioned midshipman
  • 1859 - 1861 : Served on Hartford (sloop), East India Squadron
  • 1861 - 1862 : Served on Marblehead (gunboat) during Peninsular Campaign
  • 1863: Executive officer on Canandaigua (screw sloop) Commanded Marblehead (gunboat) during attacks on Fort Wagner Led attack on Fort Sumter and was imprisoned by Confederates
  • 1865: Assigned to White House after Abraham Lincoln’s assassination
  • 1865 - 1866 : Served off the west coast of South America
  • 1870 - 1871 : Participated in Tehuantepec Survey Expedition
  • 1873: Married Mary Josephine Mason
  • 1889 - 1892 : Commanded Charleston (flagship)
  • 1892 - 1895 : Served at Navy Yard, Portsmouth, N.H.
  • 1895 - 1896 : Member, Naval Examining and Retiring Board
  • 1896 - 1898 : Commandant, Navy Yard, Portsmouth, N.H.
  • 1898: Commissioned rear admiral Commandant, Naval Base, Key West, Fla.
  • 1898 - 1900 : Commandant, Navy Yard, Portsmouth, N.H.
  • 1900 - 1902 : Commander in chief, Asiatic Fleet
  • 1902 - 1903 : Chairman, Lighthouse Board
  • 1903 .: Retired
  • 1928, Feb. 10: Died, Washington, D.C

Charles Mason Remey

  • 1874, May 15: Born, Burlington, Iowa
  • 1893 - 1896 : Attended Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y.
  • 1896 - 1903 : Trained in architecture at Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Paris, France
  • 1903 - 1906 : Traveled in Europe and Asia Architecte diplome, par le gouvernment Francais
  • 1906 - 1908 : Instructor of architecture, George Washington University, Washington, D.C.
  • 1908 - 1910 : Assistant professor, George Washington University, Washington, D.C.
  • 1930s - 1940s : Live in Washington, D.C. 1931 Married Gertrude Heim Klemm (died 1932)
  • 1950: Moved to Haifa, Israel, at request of Shoghi Effendi to build a Baháï house of worship
  • 1951: Appointed president of International Baháï and a Hand in the Cause
  • 1974, Feb. 4: Died

From the guide to the Charles Mason Remey Family Papers, 1778-1949, (bulk 1855-1932), (Manuscript Division Library of Congress)

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