Appletons' Cyclopædia of American Biography/Hosmer, George Washington

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HOSMER, George Washington, educator, b. in Canton, Mass., in 1804; d. there, 5 July, 1881. He was graduated at Harvard in 1826, and at the divinity-school there in 1830. He was pastor of the Unitarian church in Northfield, Mass., the next two years and a half, and from 1835 was pastor in Buffalo, N. Y.., till his election to the presidency of Antioch college, Yellow Springs, Ohio, in 1862. While discharging these duties he was also non-resident professor of divinity in the Unitarian theological school at Meadville, Pa. Resigning the presidency of Antioch in 1872, he continued the next year to occupy the chair of history and ethics there. From 1873 till 1879 he was pastor of the Channing religious society of Boston, Mass. Dr. Hosmer was one of the most noted preachers in the Unitarian church of his day. — His son, James Kendall, author, b. in Northfield, Mass., 29 Jan., 1834, was graduated at Harvard in 1855. During the civil war he served in the 52d regiment of Massachusetts volunteers. He was professor in Antioch college in 1866-'72, in 1872-'4 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, Mo., where he now (1887) resides. He has published “The Color-Guard” (Boston, 1864); “The Thinking Bayonet” (1865); “A Short History of German Literature” (St. Louis, 1879); “Life of Samuel Adams” (“American Statesmen” series, Boston, 1885); and “Story of the Jews” (“Story of the Nations” series, New York, 1886).