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Frederic Henry Hedge

HEDGE, Frederic Henry. b. Cambridge, Massachusetts, 12 December 1805; d. 21 August 1890. He was the son of Levi Hedge, Professor of German at Harvard, and his wife Mary Kneeland. Frederic, their only child, was sent to Germany at the age of thirteen to be educated, in the company of George Bancroft (1800-1891, later to become a distinguished statesman and diplomat). He was a pupil at the Gymnasium of Ilfeld (Hannover) and of Schulpforta (Saxony). Returning to the USA in 1823 he entered at Harvard, graduating in 1825, and entered the Harvard Divinity School, where he met Ralph Waldo Emerson*. He was ordained to the Congregational Church at West Cambridge (1829-35), and served at Bangor,...

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