Charles Wesley Emerson
Charles Wesley Emerson (1837 - 1908) was the founder and first president of Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts. Charles Emerson was also the author of a number of books dealing with oratory and a minister with the Unitarian Church.
Life and career
Prior to establishing the College, Emerson was a minister who preached in Congregational and Unitarian parishes until 1885. In 1877, Charles Emerson enrolled in Boston University's School of Oratory where he studied Delsarte and Swedenborg under the direction and guidance of Professor Lewis B. Monroe.
Shortly after the death of Lewis B. Monroe and the closure of the School of Oratory at Boston University, Emerson opened the Boston Conservatory of Elocution, Oratory, and Dramatic Art in 1880. A year later, the name was changed to the Monroe Conservatory of Oratory, in honor of Monroe (now Emerson College).
During his time as president of the Conservatory, Emerson published a number of books including four volumes of The Evolution of Expression which became the core text in the Conservatory's curriculum.
Emerson believed that the ability to communicate was the key to achieving one's full potential. Emerson was confident that once a student completed his academic program, he would have future success, no matter what endeavor or profession they chose.
Books by Charles Wesley Emerson
- Psycho vox; The Emerson system of voice culture (1897)
- Physical Culture (1891)
- Expressive Physical Culture (1900)
- Evolution of Expression - Volume 1 (1905)
- Evolution of Expression – Volume 1 by Charles Wesley Emerson at Project Gutenberg on Project Gutenberg