The American Cyclopædia (1879)/Anthon, Charles
ANTHON, Charles, LL. D., an American classical scholar, born in New York in 1797, died there, July 29, 1867. His father, Dr. G. C. Anthon, a German by birth, was surgeon general in the British army, and soon after the revolution settled in New York. Charles graduated at Columbia college in 1815, and in 1819 was admitted to the bar. The next year he was appointed adjunct professor of languages in Columbia college. In 1830 he produced his large edition of Horace. In that year, also, he became rector of the grammar school attached to the college, and in 1835 he succeeded Prof. Moore as head of the classical department of that institution. For many years it was his constant custom to retire at 10 and rise at 4, so that a large part of his day's work was done by breakfast time; and thus he produced some 50 volumes, consisting chiefly of editions of the Latin classics and aids to classical study, and including a Latin lexicon and a “Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities.” All his works were republished in England. When first made rector of the grammar school, he conferred on the public schools of his native city six free scholarships.