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FRIEZE, Henry Simmons, educator, born in Boston, Massachusetts, 15 September 1817. After his father's death, in 1830, he was clerk in a store in Pawtucket, R. I., and organist in various Churches. He afterward entered Brown, where he was graduated at the head of his class in 1841. From his graduation till 1845 he was instructor in the University, and then, for nine years, Latin principal in the University grammar school. In 1854 he resigned to accept the chair of the Latin language and literature in the University of Michigan, where he still (1887) remains. On the resignation of President Haven in 1869, Professor Frieze acted as president of the University until 1871. In that year, owing largely to his influence, most of the privileges of the University were opened to women, and in 1886 they were received into all its departments.
Professor Frieze was the author of the system of inspection by which an official connection has been established between the University and the high schools of the state. In 1880'1, in the absence of President Angell on a diplomatic mission to China, Professor Frieze again acted as president of the University. He has taken much interest in musical matters there, acting for twenty years as organist, and organizing the University musical society. He has also been active in art matters. The degree of LL.D. was conferred on him by Chicago University and Kalamazoo College in 1870, by Brown University in 1882, and by the University of Michigan in 1885. Dr. Frieze has contributed to various educational and philological magazines, and has published occasional addresses, including "Ancient and Modern Education," one on "Art Museums," and a memorial address on the "Life and Works of Henry Philip Tappan, First President of the University of Michigan." He is the author of valuable annual reports to the board of regents, and has published editions of Virgil's "zEneid" (1860) and Quintilian (1867), and "The Story of Giovanni Dupre," a 19th century Florentine sculptor (London, 1886).
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