James Kendall Hosmer

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James Kendall Hosmer
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James Kendall Hosmer in August 1921
President of the American Library Association
In office
1902–1903
Preceded byJohn Shaw Billings
Succeeded byHerbert Putnam
Personal details
Born(1834-01-29)January 29, 1834
Northfield, Massachusetts, USA
DiedMay 11, 1927(1927-05-11) (aged 93)
Spouse(s)
  • Eliza A. Cutler
  • Jenny P. Garland
FatherGeorge Washington Hosmer
Alma materHarvard University
Occupation
Military service
AllegianceUnited States United States
Branch/serviceUnion Army
Unit52nd Regiment of Massachusetts Volunteers
Battles/warsAmerican Civil War

James Kendall Hosmer (born in Northfield, Massachusetts, 29 January 1834; died 11 May 1927[1]) was a United States educator, historian and writer.

Biography[edit]

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.[1] 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.[1]

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.

Family[edit]

He married Eliza A. Cutler in 1863.[2] After her death in 1877, Hosmer married Jenny P. Garland.[1]

Literary works[edit]

  • Hosmer, James Kendall (1864). The color-guard; being a corporal's notes of military service in the Nineteenth army corps. Boston, Walker, Wise.
  • —— (1865). The Thinking Bayonet, a novel
  • —— (1879). A Short History of German Literature (St. Louis)
  • —— (1885). Life of Samuel Adams ("American Statesmen" series, Boston)
  • —— Story of the Jews ("Story of the Nations" series, New York, 1886)
  • —— (1888). The Life of Young Sir Henry Vane, Governor of Massachusetts Bay. New York, Harper.
  • —— (1890).A Short History of Anglo-Saxon Freedom
  • —— (1894). How Thankful Was Bewitched. Putnam.
  • —— (1901). A Short History of the Mississippi Valley
  • —— (1902). A Short History of the Louisiana Purchase
  • —— (1913). The appeal to arms, 1861-1863. New York, Harper.
  • —— (1907). Outcome of the Civil war, 1863-1865. New York, Harper. Upgrade source listing
  • —— (1912). The Last Leaf, reminiscences

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Buck, Solon J. (1932). "Hosmer, James Kendall". Dictionary of American Biography. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons.
  2. ^ "Hosmer, James Kendall (1834-1927) · Jane Addams Digital Edition". digital.janeaddams.ramapo.edu. Retrieved 2019-02-15.

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Non-profit organization positions
Preceded by
John Shaw Billings
President of the American Library Association
1902–1903
Succeeded by
Herbert Putnam