Harris, William Torrey, 1835-1909

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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 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

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referencedIn Autograph File, H, 1584-1988. Houghton Library
referencedIn Emerson family correspondence, ca. 1725-1900. Houghton Library
creatorOf Ward, Lester Frank, 1841-1913. Correspondence, 1865-1913, "Gattinger" to "Hillemand". Brown University Archives, John Hay Library
referencedIn Cohen, Morris Raphael, 1880-1947. Morris Raphael Cohen papers, 1898-1981. University of Chicago Library
referencedIn Elmer Ellsworth Brown Papers, 1827-1936 New York University. Archives
creatorOf Harris, William Torrey, 1835-1909. Autograph letter signed William T. Harris to: "Professor Charles Eliot Norton" January 6, 1890. Wellesley College
referencedIn Davidson, Thomas, 1840-1900. Thomas Davidson papers, 1857-1948 (inclusive), 1857-1902 (bulk). Yale University Library
creatorOf Curry family. Papers, 1816-1907. Alabama Department of Archives and History
creatorOf William Torrey Harris Papers, 1865-1908 Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
creatorOf Harris, William Torrey, 1835-1909. Papers of William Torrey Harris, 1866-1908. Library of Congress
creatorOf Alcott, Amos Bronson, 1799-1888. Papers of Amos Bronson Alcott 1840-92. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn James, William, 1842-1910. Papers, 1803-1941 (bulk: 1862-1910) Houghton Library
referencedIn Sheldon, E. A. (Edward Austin), 1823-1897. Papers of the college presidents : Edward Austin Sheldon. 1819-1897. SUNY Oswego, Penfield Library
creatorOf Malone, Dumas, 1892-1986. Documents and notes made for his life of Edwin A. Alderman [manuscript]. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Brown, Elmer Ellsworth, 1861-1934. Personal papers, 1827-1936. Churchill County Museum
creatorOf Harris, William Torrey, 1835-1909. Autograph letter signed W.T. Harris to: "Professor G.H. Palmer" November 16, 1885. Wellesley College
referencedIn Emerson family correspondence, ca. 1725-1900. Houghton Library
referencedIn Mulford family papers, 1807-1967, 1820-1900 Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
creatorOf Harris, William Torrey, 1835-1909. Correspondence, 1874-1924. Houghton Library
creatorOf Leeds, Josiah W. (Josiah Woodward). Scrapbooks, 1872-1907. Haverford College Library
referencedIn Kendall, Frank H. Frank H. Kendall letter, 28 February 1906. The Filson Historical Society
creatorOf Harris, William Torrey, 1835-1909. William Torrey Harris Concord School of Philosophy scrapbook, 1879-1887. Concord Free Public Library, Special Collection
referencedIn Thomas Davidson papers, 1857-1948, 1857-1902 Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
referencedIn Pratt, Richard Henry. Richard Henry Pratt papers. 1862-1972. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Ralph Waldo Emerson letters from various correspondents, ca. 1814-1882. Houghton Library
referencedIn Mulford family. Mulford family papers, 1807-1967 (inclusive), 1820-1900 (bulk). Yale University Library
creatorOf Harris, William Torrey, 1835-1909. Autograph letter signed : Concord, Mass., to the editors of The Critic, Jeannette L. and Joseph B. Gilder, 1884 Aug. 22. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Amos Bronson Alcott papers, 1799-1888. Houghton Library
referencedIn Pratt, Richard Henry. Richard Henry Pratt papers. 1862-1956. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Curry, J. L. M. (Jabez Lamar Monroe), 1825-1903. Pamphlet collection, 1788-1902. Alabama Department of Archives and History
referencedIn Barnard, Henry, 1811-1900. Papers, 1765-1935 (bulk 1830-1899) Fales Library & Special Collections
referencedIn Mesaba Iron Company (Duluth, Minn.). Company records, 1882-1906 [microform]. Minnesota Historical Society Library
referencedIn William Torrey Harris correspondence, 1874-1924. Houghton Library
creatorOf Harris, William Torrey, 1835-1909. Correspondence to William Torrey Harris, [1864]-1909. Concord Free Public Library, Special Collection
referencedIn James, William, 1842-1910. Papers, 1803-1941 (bulk: 1862-1910) Houghton Library
creatorOf Rider, Sidney S. (Sidney Smith), 1833-1917. Papers, 1900-1912. Brown University Archives, John Hay Library
referencedIn Barrows family papers, 1861-1931. Houghton Library
referencedIn Papers, 1860-1928. Houghton Library
referencedIn Houghton Mifflin Company contracts, 1831-1979 (inclusive) 1880-1940 (bulk). Houghton Library
creatorOf Hinsdale, B. A. (Burke Aaron), 1837-1900. Papers, 1854-1901 / [Burke Aaron Hinsdale]. Western Reserve Historical Society, Research Library
creatorOf William Torrey Harris correspondence, 1874-1924. Houghton Library
referencedIn Blaine, Anita McCormick. Correspondence and papers, 1828-1958. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
referencedIn Laire, Fred. The career of William T. Harris in Concord : typescript, 1973. Concord Free Public Library, Special Collection
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associatedWith Gilder, Joseph Benson, 1858-1936, person
associatedWith Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von, 1749-1832 person
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correspondedWith Harris, Theodore. person
correspondedWith Harris, William Torrey, 1835-1909 person
associatedWith Hegel, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich, 1770-1831 person
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associatedWith Kendall, Frank H. person
associatedWith Laire, Fred. person
associatedWith Leeds, Josiah W. (Josiah Woodward) person
correspondedWith Lucia True (Ames) Mead person
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associatedWith Mann, Mary Tyler Peabody, 1806-1887. person
associatedWith Mead, Edwin D. (Edwin Doak), 1849-1937. person
correspondedWith Mead, Lucia True (Ames) 1856- person
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associatedWith Rider, Sidney S. (Sidney Smith), 1833-1917. person
associatedWith Sanborn, F. B. (Franklin Benjamin), 1831-1917. person
correspondedWith Sarah (Bugbee) Harris person
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correspondedWith Thwing, Charles Franklin, 1853- person
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correspondedWith Whitman, Walt, 1819-1892 person
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Massachusetts--Concord
United States
Massachusetts--Concord
Concord (Mass.)
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Transcendentalism (New England)
Philosophers
Latin language--Study and teaching
Education, Secondary
Philosophy, American
Lectures and lecturing
Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.)
Learning and scholarship
Education--Methodology
Philosophy
Knowledge, Theory of
Transcendentalists (New England)
Authors, American
Soul
Greek language--Study and teaching
Education--Primary
Men--Education
Educators
Printed ephemera
Education
Women--Education
Immortality
Scrapbooks
Education, higher
Educational psychology
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Educators
Authors
Philosophers
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Birth 1835-09-10

Death 1909-11-05

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