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Philosophers' Camp roll call

Philosophers' Camp roll call

“Ten scholars, wonted to lie warm and soft In well-hung chambers daintily bestowed, Lie here on heml

“Ten scholars, wonted to lie warm and soft

In well-hung chambers daintily bestowed,

Lie here on hemlock-boughs, like Sacs and Sioux,

And greet unanimous the joyful change.”

— from Ralph Waldo Emerson’s “The Adirondacks”

* Louis Agassiz (1807-1873): A Swiss-American zoologist and geologist who taught at Harvard College and influenced a generation of American scientists, particularly with his study of glaciers.

* Amos Binney (1803-1847): A Boston doctor who was also the co-founder of the Boston Society of Natural History.

* Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882): A Boston native and ordained minister who became the leader of the transcendental movement, one of the nation’s best-known philosophies.

* Ebenezer Hoar (1816-1895): A Concord, Mass. native who served as a Massachusetts senator and as a U.S. Attorney General under President Ulysses Grant.

* John Holmes: The brother of Oliver Wendell Holmes, the physician and witty author.

* Estes Howe: A Cambridge doctor and James Russell Lowell’s brother-in-law.

* James Russell Lowell (1819-1891): A Cambridge, Mass. poet, abolitionist and Harvard modern languages professor.

* William Stillman (1828-1901): A Schenectady native and 1948 Union College alumnus. After graduating, he pursued a career as a painter and later as a journalist. He also worked as an editor, photographer and diplomat.

* Horatio Woodman (1821-1879): A Boston lawyer who in 1855 founded the Saturday Club, the famous literary circle that included several leading New England intellectuals. Its ranks included Agassiz, Emerson, Hoar, Lowell, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and John Greenleaf Whittier.

* Jeifries Wyman (1814-1874): A natural history and comparative anatomy professor at Harvard. He was the first curator of the Peabody Museum Archeology and Ethnology.

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