Norton, Andrews, 1786-1853

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Andrews Norton received his A.B. from Harvard in 1804. Norton became a tutor in 1811, was Librarian of the Harvard College Library 1813-1821, Dexter Lecturer on Biblical Literature 1813-1819, and Dexter Professor of Sacred Literature, 1819-1830.

From the description of [Student themes] , ca. 1803. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 77072624

Author, Biblical scholar, and educator Andrews Norton was born in Hingham, Massachusetts, and graduated from Harvard in 1804. After graduate school, he started several different careers before beginning a long-term association with Harvard in 1813; his roles included Librarian, and Professor of Sacred Literature. He worked on various literary projects, became involved in Harvard politics, and taught a generation of New England ministers who became Transcendentalists, including Emerson. He later publicly contested Transcendentalist views in a long and bitter feud, and his ultra-conservative stance and personal attacks on former students have made him a controversial figure despite a considerable body of other work.

From the description of Andrews Norton letter to My dear sister, circa 1842. (Pennsylvania State University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 69937200

American scholar and theologian.

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Cambridge?, to James Munroe, 1847 Dec. 24. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270609873

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Cambridge, to an unidentified recipient, 1836 Oct. 27. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270609871

Andrews Norton (1786-1853) graduated from Harvard College in 1804. In 1813 he was named the librarian of Harvard College and a lecturer on the Bible. In 1819 he was named the Dexter Professor of Sacred Literature at Harvard Divinity School. In reply to Emerson 's famous Divinity School Address, Norton gave an address titled On the Latest Form of Infidelity in 1839. During his lifetime, Norton published Tracts Concerning Christianity (1852) and a three-volume work titled The Evidences of the Genuineness of the Gospels (1837-1844).

From the guide to the Norton, Andrews, 1786-1853. Sermons, ca. early 1800s., (Andover-Harvard Theological Library, Harvard Divinity School)

Andrews Norton (1786-1853) theological controversialist, biblical scholar and man of letters, was born in Hingham, Mass., the son of Samuel Norton, a shopkeeper, and Jane Andrews Norton. He graduated from Harvard College in 1804 and spent the next 15 years as a graduate student, tutor, and lecturer at Harvard and at Bowdoin College in Maine. In 1813 Harvard appointed him Dexter Lecturer on Biblical Criticism and in 1819 he was appointed the first Dexter Professor of Sacred Literature. He also acted as the College Librarian from 1813 to 1821. In 1821 he married Catharine Eliot who brought him wealth and a Cambridge estate called "Shady Hill." Norton, known as the "Unitarian Pope," was Emerson's leading foe in the Unitarian-Transcendentalist controversy. He spent his last years in deteriorating health and died in Newport, Rhode Island in 1853. Andrews and Catharine Norton had four children who survived infancy; one was scholar, critic, and Harvard professor, Charles Eliot Norton.

From the description of Papers, 1768-1890 (inclusive), 1795-1852 (bulk). (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 122581269

Andrews Norton, Harvard A.B. 1804, became a tutor in 1811, was Librarian of the Harvard College Library 1813-1821, Dexter Lecturer on Biblical Literature 1813-1819, and Dexter Professor of Sacred Literature, 1819-1830.

Rev. Samuel Gilman was the author of the ode "Fair Harvard."

From the description of Papers of Andrews Norton, 1806-1853 (inclusive). (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 62525643

Andrews Norton, Harvard A.B. 1804, became a tutor in 1811, was Librarian of the Harvard College Library 1813-1821, Dexter Lecturer on Biblical Literature 1813-1819, and Dexter Professor of Sacred Literature, 1819-1830.

Rev. Samuel Gilman was the author of the ode "Fair Harvard."

From the description of Papers of Andrews Norton, 1806-1853 (inclusive). (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 249198870

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creatorOf Norton, Andrews, 1786-1853. Autograph letter signed : Cambridge?, to James Munroe, 1847 Dec. 24. Pierpont Morgan Library.
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creatorOf Norton, Andrews, 1786-1853. Papers, 1768-1890 (inclusive), 1795-1852 (bulk). Harvard University, Houghton Library
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creatorOf Norton, Andrews, 1786-1853. Letters, 1840 August 14-1851 September 9, Cambridge, to G. Ticknor, Woods Hole and [Cambridge]. Dartmouth College Library
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creatorOf Norton, Andrews, 1786-1853. Autograph letters signed (4) : Cambridge, to Henry Wheaton, 1821 Feb. 12-1844 Mar. 25. Pierpont Morgan Library.
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creatorOf Van der Kemp, Francis Adrian, 1752-1829. Francis Adrian Van der Kemp papers, 1792-1828, 1903-1905. New-York Historical Society
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Christianity--19th Century
Unitarianism
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Birth 1786

Death 1853

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