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BECK, Charles, educator, born in Heidelberg, Germany, 19 August 1798; died in Cambridge, Massachusetts, 19 March 1866. After completing his theological studies at Berlin and Tubingen, he was employed for some time as tutor at the University of Basle, Switzerland; but his republican sentiments endangered his liberty, and he took refuge in the United States, arriving in New York in December 1824. Soon afterward he became connected, as teacher, with the Round Hill school at Northampton, Massachusetts, until, in 1830, he, in connection with two other teachers, established a school at Phillips-town, on the Hudson, opposite West Point. In 1832 Professor Beck was elected to the chair of Latin language and literature at Cambridge, and, on his retirement from that professorship in 1850, he devoted himself to literary pursuits and classical studies. In 1863 he published " The Manuscripts of the Satyricon of Petronius Arbiter, described and collated." He was for two years a representative of Cambridge in the state legislature. He was especially interested in the soldiers' fund, the sanitary commission, and the agencies for the care and education of the freedmen.
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