Hedge, Frederic Henry

Hedge, Frederic Henry,

1805–90, American Unitarian clergyman and author, b. Cambridge, Mass., educated in Germany and at Harvard. He held several New England pastorates. In 1836 he joined Emerson and others in forming the Transcendental Club. His edition of Prose Writers of Germany (1848) established him as a German scholar. Hedge also wrote for periodicals, edited (1857–61) the Christian Examiner, and wrote Reason in Religion (1865) and many other books. He was professor of ecclesiastical history in the Harvard Divinity School (1857–76) and professor of German at Harvard (1872–81).
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Hedge, Frederic Henry

(1805–90) Unitarian clergyman, translator; born in Cambridge, Mass. He graduated from Harvard in 1825 and was ordained in 1829. He held Unitarian pastorates in Massachusetts, Maine, and Rhode Island from 1829–72 and was a lifelong leader of the Unitarian movement. He edited the Christian Examiner (1857–61) and taught at Harvard Divinity School (1857–76). His translation of Goethe's Faust appeared in 1882.
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