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CARPENTER, Stephen Haskins, educator, born in Little Falls, New York, 7 August, 1831; died in Geneva, New York, 7 December, 1878. He was graduated at the University of Rochester in 1852. Settling in Madison, Wisconsin, he was for several years tutor in the University of Wisconsin, and then became City clerk of Madison. From 1858 till 1860 he was assistant superintendent of public instruction for Wisconsin, and inaugurated the system that is still in use there. In 1860 he was called to the chair of ancient languages in St. Paul's College, Palmyra, No., where he remained until the beginning of the civil war caused the institution to close its doors. Returning to Wisconsin, he taught a select school for a short time, and, failing to find more congenial employment, supported himself by working at the printer's trade, but devoted his spare hours to literary work. From 1864 till 1868 he was again City clerk, after which he became professor of rhetoric and English literature in the University of Wisconsin; later the title of the chair became logic and English literature. In 1875 he was chosen president of the University of Kansas, an honor which he declined, and in 1871 came within one vote of being elected president of the University of Wisconsin. Prof. Carpenter was a close and indefatigable student and a diligent writer. He contributed very largely to the religious and educational press of the country, and published valuable lectures and educational addresses. Among these are "Moral Forces in Education"; twelve lectures on the "Evidences of Christianity"; "The Metaphysical Basis of Science"; and "'The Philosophy of Evolution." He was also the author of "English of the Fourteenth Century " (Boston, 1872); "An Introduction to the Study of Anglo-Saxon" (1875); and "The Elements of English Analysis" (1877).
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