STOWE, Calvin Ellis [1802-1886] -- American educator
Husband of Harriet Beecher, the famous abolitionist writer, his 1836 Report on Elementary Instruction in Europe greatly influenced the development of public education in the United States.
STOWE, Calvin Ellis, educationist, was born in Natick, Mass., April 6, 1802. His father died in 1808, and in 1814 he began an apprenticeship in a paper-mill. In 1820 through the assistance of friends he was enabled to attend Gorham academy. He was graduated at Bowdoin, A.B., in 1834, A.M., 1827, and at the Andover Theological seminary in 1828; edited the Boston Recorder, 1829-30, and held the chair of Greek at Dartmouth, 1830-32. He was married in 1832, to Eliza, daughter of the Rev. Bennett Tyler of Portland, Maine. He was professor of sacred literature at Lane Theological seminary, Ohio, 1832-50. His wife died in 1834, and in 1836 he married Harriet Elizabeth, daughter of Dr. Lyman Beecher (q.v.). Professor Srowe became interested in the cause of education in the west, and in 1836 went to Prussia to study the public school system. He filled the chair of natural and revealed religion at Bowdoin, 1850-52, and was professor of sacred literature at Andover Theological seminary until 1864, when he resigned and moved to Hartford, Conn. He received the honorary degree of D.D. at Miami, and at Indiana university in 1837, and at Dartmouth in 1839.
He is the author of:
Introduction to the Criticism and Interpretation of the Bible (1835);
The Religious Element in Education (1844);
The Right interpretation of the Sacred Scriptures (1853);
Origin and History of the Books of the Bible, both Canonical and Apocryphal (1867).
He died at Hartford, Conn., Aug. 22, 1886.
[Twentieth Century Biographical Dictionary of Notable Americans]
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