Lane, George Martin, 1823-1897

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George Martin Lane (1823-1897) was Pope Professor of the Latin Language and Literature at Harvard. He taught at Harvard from 1851 to 1894 and set a precedent as the first faculty member to be pensioned upon retirement. Lane's association with Harvard was life-long: he was a Cambridge native, attended Harvard as an undergraduate, and taught at Harvard for 43 years.

From the description of Papers of George Martin Lane, 1797-1897. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 76972805

George Martin Lane (1823-1897) was Pope Professor of the Latin Language and Literature at Harvard. He taught at Harvard from 1851 to 1894 and set a precedent as the first faculty member to be pensioned upon retirement. Lane's association with Harvard was life-long: he was a Cambridge native, attended Harvard as an undergraduate, and taught at Harvard for 43 years.

Lane was born December 24, 1823 in Charlestown, Massachusetts to Martin and Lucretia Lane. During his infancy, the family moved to Cambridge, where Lane was to spend the majority of his life. He earned his Harvard A.B. in 1846. As a student, he was a member of the Hasty Pudding Club, the Porcellian Club, and the Institute of 1770. He is the author of The Lone Fishball, a satirical song that remained a Harvard student favorite for many years. It was popular to such an extent that Lane's friend and colleague Francis James Child expanded it into an Italian-style operetta Il pesceballo. Soon after graduation, Lane accepted a one-year position as a substitute teacher of Latin at Harvard.

From 1847 to 1851, Lane studied in Germany. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Göttingen.

Lane returned to Harvard and was appointed Professor of Latin in 1851. He married Frances Eliza Gardiner of Shelfter Island, New York, in 1857. They had three children: Gardiner Martin Lane, Louisa Greenough Lane, and Katherine Ward Lane. Two years after the death of his first wife, Lane married Fanny Bradford Clark.

His appointment as Pope Professor of Latin Language and Literature began in 1869. In 1894 he retired, was given an LL.D., and became Pope Professor Emeritus. His Latin Grammar was not published during his lifetime, but his colleague Professor Morris H. Morgan completed the work and pubilshed it in 1898.

  • 1823: Born in Charlestown, Massachusetts
  • 1846: Graduates from Harvard College.
  • 1846 - 1847 : Instructs classes at Harvard
  • 1847 - 1851 : Studies in Germany
  • 1851: Ph.D. from University of Göttingen
  • 1855, July: The Lone Fishball is published anonymously in Harper's New Monthly Magazine
  • 1857: Marries Frances Eliza Gardiner
  • 1869: Appointed Pope Professor
  • 1876: Frances dies
  • 1878: Marries Fanny Bradford Clark
  • 1894: Retires from Harvard
  • 1897 June 30: Dies in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • 1898: A Latin Grammar for Schools and Colleges published

Below is a list of members of George Martin Lane's family. Each name is preceeded by their relationship to him.

Father Martin Lane Mother Lucretia Swan Sister Elizabeth Minot Lane Sister Jane Lane Sister Lavinia Lane Sister Sarah Lane Sister Susan Lane Sister Susan Lane Sister Martha Lane Wife Frances Eliza Gardiner, m. 1858, d. 1876 Wife Fanny Bradford Clark, m. 1878 Daughter Louisa Greenough Lane Daughter Katherine Ward Lane Son Gardiner Martin Lane Daughter-in-law Emma Louise Gildersleeve

From the guide to the Papers of George Martin Lane, 1797-1987 (inclusive), 1850-1900 (bulk), (Harvard University Archives)

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn Ko, Kun-hua, 1838-1882. Papers of Kun-hua Ko, 1881. Harvard University, Archives
referencedIn Whitney, William Dwight, 1827-1894. William Dwight Whitney family papers, 1778-1951 (inclusive), 1814-1912 (bulk). Yale University Library
referencedIn Records for the George W. and Eliab B. Lane families, 1802-1885. New England Historic Genealogical Society, NEHGS
creatorOf Child, Francis James, 1825-1896. Recitatives and choruses from Il pesceballo : manuscript, [ca. 1862] Harvard University, Houghton Library
referencedIn Letters to Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, 1761-1904 (inclusive) 1820-1888 (bulk). Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard
referencedIn Autograph File, L, 1641-1976. Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard
referencedIn Letters received by the Norton family, 1830-1920. Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard
referencedIn Garrison family papers, 1801-1948 (inclusive), 1840-1907 (bulk). Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard
referencedIn Whitney, William Dwight, 1827-1894. William Dwight Whitney family papers, 1778-1951 (inclusive), 1814-1912 (bulk). Yale University Library
creatorOf Lane, George Martin, 1823-1897. Papers of George Martin Lane, 1797-1897. Harvard University, Archives
referencedIn North American Review, papers, ca.1842-1868. Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard
referencedIn Lane family papers, 1840-1898. Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard
creatorOf Lane, George Martin, 1823-1897. Letters to Horace Howard Furness, 1868-1878. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Emerson family papers, 1699-1939. Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard
referencedIn Letters to Charles Eliot Norton and other papers, 1702-1952. Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard
referencedIn Letters from various correspondents, 1861-1920 (inclusive), 1892-1918 (bulk). Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard
referencedIn William Dwight Whitney family papers, 1778-1951, 1814-1912 Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
creatorOf Child, Francis James, 1825-1896. Recitatives and choruses from Il pesceballo : manuscript, [ca. 1862] Harvard University, Wadsworth House
referencedIn Harvard University Archives Photograph Collection: Portraits, oversize, ca. 1829-1985 Harvard University Archives.
creatorOf Child, Francis James, 1825-1896. Die römischen Alterthuemer : nach den Vortraegen des Herrn Professor Dr. Karl Hoeck / nachgeschrieben von F. J. Child : manuscript, 1850-1851. Harvard University, Houghton Library
creatorOf Hübner, Ernst Willibald Emil, 1834-1901. Lateinische Grammatik : II Theil, Syntax : manuscript, 1873. HCL Technical Services, Harvard College Library
referencedIn Charles Eliot Norton papers, ca.1845-1908. Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard
referencedIn Weems, Katharine Lane, 1899-. Papers, 1860?-1991 (inclusive). Harvard University, Schlesinger Library
referencedIn Harvard University Archives Photograph Collection: Portraits, ca. 1852-ca. 2004 Harvard University Archives.
referencedIn Papers, 1860?-1991 Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute
referencedIn Lane family. Lane family papers, 1840-1898. Harvard University, Houghton Library
creatorOf Papers of George Martin Lane, 1797-1987 (inclusive), 1850-1900 (bulk) Harvard University Archives.
referencedIn John Tetlow papers, 1858-1912. Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard
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associatedWith Child, Francis James, 1825-1896. person
associatedWith Emerson family. family
correspondedWith Garrison family. family
associatedWith Harvard University corporateBody
associatedWith Hübner, Ernst Willibald Emil, 1834-1901. person
associatedWith Katharine Lane Weems, 1899-1989 person
associatedWith Ko, Kun-hua, 1838-1882. person
correspondedWith Lane family. family
associatedWith Lane family. family
correspondedWith Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth, 1807-1882 person
associatedWith Mackintosh, Henry S., recipient. person
associatedWith Morgan, M. H. (Morris Hicky), 1859-1910. person
associatedWith Morris H. Morgan person
associatedWith North American Review. corporateBody
correspondedWith Norton, Charles Eliot, 1827-1908 person
correspondedWith Norton family, recipient. family
correspondedWith Tetlow, John, 1843-1911 person
associatedWith Universität Göttingen. corporateBody
associatedWith Weems, Katharine Lane, 1899- person
associatedWith Whitney, William Dwight, 1827-1894. person
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Death 1897-06-30

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