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EDGREN, August Hjahnar, author, born in Wermland, Sweden, 18 Oct,., 1840. He was graduated at the University of Upsala, and at the Royal military school of Sweden in 1860, came to the United States, and entered the 99th New York regiment as 2(1 lieutenant in January 1862. He was promoted to 1st lieutenant, and in August 1863, was assigned to the engineer corps. He afterward joined the regular army of sweden, ana servea from February 1864, till August 1870, having been adjutant from July 1869. He was a teacher of languages in Riverview academy in 1871'2, instructot in French, German, and Sanskrit in Yale from 1874 till 1880, and lecturer on Sanskrit in the University of Lurid, Sweden, from 1880 till 1884, when he became professor of modern languages and Sanskrit in Nebraska University. He is a member of various learned societies, and is the author of numerous papers relating to Sanskrit, Romance, and Germanic philology, and of value to scholars, which have appeared at various times from 1867'86 in Sweden, England, and the United States. Among his numerous publications are a Swedish translation of Longfellow's "Evangeline " (Goteborg, 1875); a "German and English Dictionary," with Professor W. D. Whitney (New York and London, 1877); a work in Swedish on "The Literature of America" (Goteborg, 1878), and on "The Public Schools and Colleges of the United States" (Upsala, 1879); "Swedish Literature in America" (Sweden, 1883); and "American Antiquities" (1885).
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