Harrison, Frederic, 1831-1923

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A contemporary of John Ruskin and John Stuart Mill, Frederic Harrison strongly influenced English politics and philosophy in the mid-nineteenth to early twentieth-century. The positivist movement gained prominence through Harrison's political activity, writings and teachings. He was also very active in the labor movement and fought for greater worker's rights in England. Harrison was introduced to positivism as a student at Oxford. Venerating humanity over deity, positivism created controversy in the predominantly Christian England. Harrison was a true believer and champion of the philosophy throughout his life. He published numerous books, articles and introductions to works by other positivists. He resided in England his entire life and continued to publish books into his nineties. He died in Bath, England in 1923.

From the description of Letter and clipping, 1918. (University of New Mexico-Main Campus). WorldCat record id: 46734639

Frederic Harrison, English positivist and author.

From the description of Frederic Harrison manuscript material : 1 item, 1899 (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 301577220

Epithet: Subject of Mss Eur F234

British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000001244.0x0001c4

Frederic Harrison, 1831-1923, was educated at Kings College, London and Wadham College, Oxford, where he was a Fellow and Tutor from 1854 to 1856. He was called to the Bar in 1858 and held the post of Professor of Jurisprudence and International Law to the Inns of Court, 1877-1889. He was also a member of the Royal Commission on Trades Unions, 1867-1869, Secretary to the Royal Commission for Digesting the Law, 1869-1870, Vice-President of the Royal Historical Society and the London Library, and an alderman of the London County Council, 1889-1893. However, Frederic Harrison is perhaps best known as the president of the English Positivist Committee, a post that he held from 1880 to 1905.

From the guide to the HARRISON, Frederic, 1831-1923, Author and Positivist, 1840-1931, (British Library of Political and Economic Science)

Author and philosopher.

From the description of Letter of Frederic Harrison, 1879. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 79450781

English author.

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Bath, to Henry Yates Thompson, 1917 Jan. 28. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270870963

English author and positivist philosopher.

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Hawkhurst, to Sydney Carlyle Cockerell, 1902 Oct. 9. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270501151

English tutor, lecturer, stage manager.

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Haslemere, to Prof. Knight , 1890 July 1. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270501159

A contemporary of John Ruskin and John Stuart Mill, Frederic Harrison strongly influenced English politics and philosophy in the mid-nineteenth to early twentieth-century. The positivist movement gained prominence through Harrison's political activity, writings and teachings. He was also very active in the labor movement and fought for greater worker's rights in England.

Harrison was introduced to positivism as a student at Oxford. Venerating humanity over deity, positivism created controversy in the predominantly Christian England. Harrison was a true believer and champion of the philosophy throughout his life. He published numerous books, articles and introductions to works by other positivists. In 1867 he organized the Positivist Society and co-founded the Positivist Review.

Harrison was also very active in movements for worker's rights. By the 1860s he regularly wrote for the Westminster Review and the Fortnightly Review, both of which he would later edit. He participated in the United Building Trades strike and was appointed by Parliament to the Trades Union Commission in 1862.

He resided in England his entire life and continued to publish books into his nineties. He died in Bath, England in 1923.

From the guide to the Frederic Harrison Letter and Clipping, 1918, (University of New Mexico. Center for Southwest Research.)

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creatorOf Harrison, Frederic, 1831-1923. Autograph letter signed : to Sir J.E. Millais, 1890 Mar. 31. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Harrison, Frederic, 1831-1923. Autograph letter signed : Bath, to Henry Yates Thompson, 1917 Jan. 28. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Harrison, Frederic, 1831-1923. Letter, 1915, March 3, Bath, England, to Philip D. Sherman, Oberlin, Ohio. Brown University Archives, John Hay Library
referencedIn Correspondence, 1848-1937 Harvard Law School Library Langdell Hall Cambridge, MA 02138
referencedIn Letters to William Toynbee, [1870?]-1936. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Harrison, Frederic, 1831-1923. Autograph letter signed : Haslemere, to Prof. Knight , 1890 July 1. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Bacheller, Irving, 1859-1950. Century Magazine correspondence, 1885-1914. Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
referencedIn Sharman, William, 1841-1889. Papers, 1858-1888. Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library
creatorOf Burne-Jones, Edward Coley, 1833-1898. Edward Burne-Jones letter : to Frederic Harrison, 1898 Jan. 23. Cornell University Library
referencedIn Lago, Mary. Mary Lago's correspondence to Martha S. Vogeler, 1971-1999. University of Missouri -- Columbia, MU Libraries; University of Missouri; MU; Ellis Library; University of Missouri Columbia
referencedIn Samuels, Jack Harris, d. 1966,. English and American literary manuscripts and letters collection, 1663-1964. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Benson, Arthur Christopher, 1862-1925. Autograph letter signed : the Old Lodge, Madgdalene College, Cambridge, to Sir Sydney Cockerell, 1911 Mar. 08. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Harrison, Frederic, 1831-1923,. Autograph letter signed from Frederic Harrison, London, to Augustin Daly [manuscript], 1893 November 7. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Frederic Harrison Letter and Clipping, 1918 The University of New Mexico, University Libraries, Center for SouthwestResearch
referencedIn Ingleby, C. M. (Clement Mansfield), 1823-1886,. Autograph letters to Clement Mansfield Ingleby signed from various correspondents [manuscript], 1859-1884. Folger Shakespeare Library
referencedIn Norton family. Letters received by the Norton family, 1830-1920 Houghton Library
creatorOf Browning, Robert, 1812-1889. Robert Browning. Letters, 1868-1887. Cornell University Library
referencedIn George Eliot and George Henry Lewes collection, 1834-1981 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Letters to William Toynbee, [1870?]-1936 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Portrait file: Guide. Houghton Library
referencedIn Letters to William Toynbee, [1870?]-1936. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Gissing, George, 1857-1903. Correspondence and manuscripts, [ca. 1868-1903] Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
creatorOf Blunt, Wilfrid Scawen, 1840-1922. Wilfrid Scawen Blunt letter : to Frederic Harrison, [no year] June 9. Cornell University Library
creatorOf Harrison, Frederic, 1831-1923. Autograph letter signed : [London], to T.J. Cobden Sanderson, 1868 Feb. 18. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Page, Walter Hines, 1855-1918, recipient. Letters from various correspondents, American period, 1876-1937 Houghton Library
referencedIn London Positivist Society / English Positivist Committee, 1876-1974 British Library of Political and Economic Science
referencedIn Elizabeth Gaskell Norton and Sara Norton papers, 1867-1948 (inclusive), 1880-1946 (bulk). Houghton Library
referencedIn Grant Duff, Mountstuart Elphinstone, Sir, 1829-1906. Grant Duff Collection, 1852-1916 British Library
creatorOf Harrison, Frederic, 1831-1923. Autograph letter signed : Hawkhurst, to Sydney Carlyle Cockerell, 1902 Oct. 9. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Miscellaneous Foreign Letters, 1796-1979 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. Rare Book Literary and Historical Papers.
creatorOf Harrison, Frederic, 1831-1923. Letter and clipping, 1918. University of New Mexico-Main Campus
creatorOf Harrison, Frederic, 1831-1923. Letter of Frederic Harrison, 1879. Library of Congress
creatorOf Browne, Maurice, 1881-1955. Morley's First Sketch of English Literature papers, 1909 and 1936. University of Michigan
creatorOf Harrison, Frederic, 1831-1923. Frederic Harrison manuscript material : 1 item, 1899 New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Harrison, Frederic, 1831-1923. Frederic Harrison letter, 1902. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
referencedIn Blanc, Louis, 1811-1882. Letters, 1834-1882. University of Iowa Libraries
referencedIn Eliot, George, 1819-1880. The George Eliot and George Henry Lewes collection, 1834-1981. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf HARRISON, Frederic, 1831-1923, Author and Positivist, 1840-1931 British Library of Political and Economic Science
referencedIn Edward Sanford Martin correspondence and compositions, 1882-1939 (inclusive), 1900-1938 (bulk). Houghton Library
referencedIn Thayer, William Roscoe, 1859-1923. Papers, 1762-1927 (bulk 1872-1921) Houghton Library
creatorOf Harrison, Frederic, 1831-1923. Letter. Smithsonian Institution. Libraries
referencedIn George Sarton additional papers, 1901-1956 Houghton Library
referencedIn Papers of John James Dent (Co-operative Permanent Building Society), 1876 - 1928 National Co-operative Archive
referencedIn Correspondence and journals of Henry James Jr, 1855-1916 . Houghton Library
referencedIn Autograph File, H, 1584-1988. Houghton Library
referencedIn Arnold, Matthew, 1822-1888. Matthew Arnold letters, 1861-1886. Cornell University Library
creatorOf Harrison, Frederic, 1831-1923. Letter to "Dear Miss Munro" : London : ALS, 1923 Jan. 27. UC Berkeley Libraries
referencedIn Norton, Charles Eliot, 1827-1908. Papers, ca.1845-1908 Houghton Library
referencedIn Manuscript Albums, 1615 - 1959 Newcastle University: Special Collections
creatorOf Harrison, Frederic, 1831-1923. Autograph letter signed : Elm Hill, Hawkhurst, to an unidentified recipient, 1908 Aug. 23. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Harrison, Frederic, 1831-1923. Letter to [?]. Princeton Univ. 1907 Mar. 21. University of Iowa Libraries
referencedIn Josephine Butler Letters Collection, c.1816-1907 The Women' s Library
creatorOf Harrison, Frederic, 1831-1923. Autograph letter signed : London, to John Ruskin, [1870?] Feb. 4. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Papers, 1879-1938 (inclusive), 1897-1903 (bulk). Houghton Library
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associatedWith Holls, Frederick William, 1857-1903 person
correspondedWith Ingleby, C. M. (Clement Mansfield), 1823-1886, person
correspondedWith James, Henry, 1843-1916 person
associatedWith Kenyon, C. Fred (Charles Frederick), 1879-1926. person
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correspondedWith Norton, Elizabeth Gaskell, 1866- person
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associatedWith Sherman, Philip D. (Philip Darrell), 1881-1957, person
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Death 1923-01-14

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