Follen, Charles, 1796-1840

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Charles Follen was a German-born educator, preacher, athlete, and reformer. His radical approach to reform in Germany made him unwelcome, and he fled to France, then Sweden, and finally America. During a checkered career at Harvard, he fomented a spirit of rebellion among students, taught wildly popular courses on German language and literature (the first such courses at Harvard), and incidentally introduced gymnastics to the school. After leaving Harvard, he was ordained as a Unitarian minister, and continued to agitate for reform, particularly in the anti-slavery movement.

From the description of Charles Follen letter to Dear sir, ca. 1830. (Pennsylvania State University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 53313352

Follen taught German language and literature, ethics, and history at Harvard.

From the description of Papers of Charles Theodore Christian Follen, 1835-1839 (inclusive). (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 77069240

German-American educator and clergyman.

From the description of Autograph letters signed (2) : Cambridge and East Lexington, Mass., to the Rev. John Pierpont, 1834 Oct. 5.-1839 Dec. 20. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270532969

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creatorOf Follen, Charles, 1796-1840. Papers II, 1815-1860. Massachusetts Historical Society
referencedIn Wigglesworth, Thomas, 1814-1907. Notes taken by Thomas Wigglesworth while a student in Harvard College, 1830-1832. Harvard University, Archives
referencedIn Palfrey family papers, 1713-1915. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Autograph File, F, 1447-1994. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Garrison family papers, 1801-1948 (inclusive), 1840-1907 (bulk). Houghton Library.
referencedIn Wendell Phillips papers, 1555-1882 (inclusive) 1833-1881 (bulk). Houghton Library.
creatorOf Follen, Charles, 1796-1840. Charles Follen letter to Dear sir, ca. 1830. Pennsylvania State University Libraries
referencedIn Peter Stephen Du Ponceau Collection, 1781-1844 American Philosophical Society
creatorOf Follen, Charles, 1796-1840. Autograph letters signed (2) : Cambridge and East Lexington, Mass., to the Rev. John Pierpont, 1834 Oct. 5.-1839 Dec. 20. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Follen, Charles, 1796-1840. Papers I, 1801-1840. Massachusetts Historical Society
referencedIn Ralph Waldo Emerson letters from various correspondents, ca. 1814-1882. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Letters to Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, 1761-1904 (inclusive) 1820-1888 (bulk). Houghton Library.
referencedIn Abbot, George J. Letter, 1837 May 15, Washington, to Abiel Abbot, Peterborough, N.H. / George J. Abbot. George Washington University
referencedIn Harvard University. Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Reports and other records of the Dept. of Modern Languages, 1826-1828 (inclusive). Harvard University, Archives
referencedIn Papers, 1828-1919 Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute
referencedIn Robinson, Edward, 1794-1863. Letter, 1826 April 1, Andover, Mass., to George Ticknor, Boston. Dartmouth College Library
referencedIn Loring, Ellis Gray, 1803-1858. Ellis Gray Loring Family papers, 1828-1923 (inclusive). Harvard University, Schlesinger Library
referencedIn Spring, Rebecca. Rebecca Spring papers, ca. 1830-1900. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Williams, Elijah Dwight, 1817-1842. Notes compiled by Elijah Dwight Williams, 1835-1877? Harvard University, Archives
referencedIn Lewis Gannett papers, 1681-1966 (inclusive) 1900-1960 (bulk). Houghton Library.
referencedIn Charles Sumner correspondence, 1829-1874. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Follen, Charles, 1796-1840. Papers of Charles Theodore Christian Follen, 1835-1839 (inclusive). Harvard University, Archives
creatorOf Sedgwick, Catharine Maria, 1789-1867. Papers, 1798-1908. Massachusetts Historical Society
creatorOf Ripley, George, 1802-1880. Papers of George Ripley, 1836-1873. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Richardson family. Papers of the Richardson family, 1824-1999 (inclusive), 1900-1976 (bulk). Harvard University, Schlesinger Library
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associatedWith Abbot, George J. person
associatedWith Adams, John, 1735-1826. person
associatedWith Cabot, Samuel, 1784-1863. person
associatedWith Du Ponceau, Peter Stephen, 1760-1844 person
correspondedWith ELLIS GRAY LORING FAMILY family
correspondedWith Emerson, Ralph Waldo, 1803-1882 person
associatedWith Follen, Charles Christopher, 1830-1872. person
associatedWith Follen, Eliza L. Cabot, 1787-1860. person
correspondedWith Gannett, Lewis, 1891-1966 person
correspondedWith Garrison family. family
associatedWith Greenwood, F. W. P. (Francis William Pitt), 1797-1843. person
associatedWith Harvard University corporateBody
associatedWith Harvard University. Faculty of Arts and Sciences. corporateBody
associatedWith Huidekoper, Frederic, 1817-1892. person
associatedWith Lafayette, Marie Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert Du Motier, marquis de, 1757-1834. person
correspondedWith Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth, 1807-1882 person
associatedWith Loring, Ellis Gray, 1803-1858. person
associatedWith Morse, Jedidiah, 1761-1826. person
correspondedWith Palfrey family. family
correspondedWith Phillips, Wendell, 1811-1884 person
associatedWith Pierpont, John, 1785-1866, person
associatedWith Richardson family. family
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associatedWith Robbins, Eli, 1786-1856. person
associatedWith Robbins, Hannah Simonds, 1786-1864. person
associatedWith Robbins, Stephen, 1780- person
associatedWith Robinson, Edward, 1794-1863. person
associatedWith Sedgwick, Catharine Maria, 1789-1867. person
associatedWith Spring, Rebecca. person
associatedWith Stowe, Harriet Beecher, 1811-1896. person
correspondedWith Sumner, Charles, 1811-1874 person
associatedWith Thompson, Daniel P. (Daniel Pierce), 1795-1868. person
associatedWith Ursuline Convent (Charlestown, Mass.) corporateBody
associatedWith Wigglesworth, Thomas, 1814-1907. person
associatedWith Williams, Elijah Dwight, 1817-1842. person
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Unitarian Universalist churches--Clergy
Social reformers--Correspondence


Birth 1796-09-06

Death 1840-01-13



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