James Kendall Hosmer
James Kendall Hosmer in August 1921
|President of the American Library Association|
|Preceded by||John Shaw Billings|
|Succeeded by||Herbert Putnam|
|Born||January 29, 1834|
Northfield, Massachusetts, USA
|Died||May 11, 1927(aged 93)|
|Father||George Washington Hosmer|
|Alma mater||Harvard University|
|Unit||52nd Regiment of Massachusetts Volunteers|
|Battles/wars||American Civil War|
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. 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.
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.
- 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
- Buck, Solon J. (1932). "Hosmer, James Kendall". Dictionary of American Biography. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons.
- "Hosmer, James Kendall (1834-1927) · Jane Addams Digital Edition". digital.janeaddams.ramapo.edu. Retrieved 2019-02-15.
- This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Wilson, J. G.; Fiske, J., eds. (1892). . Appletons' Cyclopædia of American Biography. New York: D. Appleton.
- Works by James Kendall Hosmer at Project Gutenberg
- Works by or about James Kendall Hosmer at Internet Archive
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