James Kendall Hosmer

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James Kendall Hosmer
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Born (1834-01-29)January 29, 1834
Northfield, Massachusetts
Died May 11, 1927(1927-05-11) (aged 93)
Nationality American
Occupation Librarian, university professor

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


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.


He married Eliza A. Cutler. She died in 1877, and he married Jenny P. Garland.[1]

Literary works[edit]

  • 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[2] (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)


  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 (1 January 1894). "How Thankful was Bewitched". Putnam – via Google Books. 


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