James Kendall Hosmer
|James Kendall Hosmer|
January 29, 1834|
|Died||May 11, 1927(aged 93)|
|Occupation||Librarian, university professor|
Hosmer was the son of Unitarian clergyman George Washington Hosmer. He graduated from Harvard in 1855. He then studied theology, and became pastor for a Unitarian congregation in Deerfield, Massachusetts, in 1860. During the American Civil War, he served in the 52nd Regiment of Massachusetts Volunteers. After the war, he felt himself unsuited for the ministry, and decided to seek other occupations.
He was professor at Antioch College 1866-1872. From 1872 to 1874, he occupied the chair of English and German literature in the University of Missouri, and in 1874 was elected to a similar professorship in Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri.
He left his professorship in Missouri to direct the Minneapolis Public Library 1892-1904. He was the 1902/3 president of the American Library Association, and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
He married Eliza A. Cutler. She died in 1877, and he married Jenny P. Garland.
Literary works 
- The Color-Guard, journal he kept during the Civil War (Boston, 1864)
- The Thinking Bayonet, a novel (1865)
- A Short History of German Literature (St. Louis, 1879)
- Life of Samuel Adams (“American Statesmen” series, Boston, 1885)
- Story of the Jews (“Story of the Nations” series, New York, 1886)
- A Short History of Anglo-Saxon Freedom (1890)
- How Thankful Was Bewitched (1894)
- A Short History of the Mississippi Valley (1901)
- A Short History of the Louisiana Purchase (1902)
- The Appeal to Arms, 1861-63 (“American Nation” series, 1907)
- The Outcome of the Civil War, 1863-65 (“American Nation” series, 1907)
- The Last Leaf, reminiscences (1912)
- This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Wilson, James Grant; Fiske, John, eds. (1892). "Hosmer, George Washington". Appletons' Cyclopædia of American Biography. New York: D. Appleton.
- Works by James Kendall Hosmer at Project Gutenberg
- Works by or about James Kendall Hosmer in libraries (WorldCat catalog)