Appletons' Cyclopædia of American Biography/Ansorge, Charles

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ANSORGE, Charles, musician, b. in Spiller, Silesia, Germany, in 1817; d. in Chicago, 28 Oct., 1866. He was educated in Breslau, where he received high honors, and also obtained a thorough musical training. For some years after his graduation he devoted his attention to teaching, and was further occupied in editing a public newspaper. Imbued with the liberal ideas prevalent in Germany in 1848-'49, he published articles offensive to the authorities, for which he was tried and sentenced to three years' imprisonment. But he escaped to England, where he was joined by his family, and sailed for the United States. He settled in Boston, and became organist and chorister of the first church in Dorchester, where he remained for thirteen years. He was also a teacher of music in the asylum for the blind in South Boston for four years. For some time he was a resident editor of the “Massachusetts Teacher,” and he took an active part in the state teachers' association. In 1863 he removed to Chicago.