JOHN C. FREEMAN


From History of Dane County, Wisconsin, publ. by Western Historical Company, Chicago, 1880, page 989

JOHN C. FREEMAN, LL. D., Professor of English Literature in University of Wisconsin; was bon Feb. 14, 1842, in Broome Co., N.Y.; was prepared for college at Homer, Cortland Co., N.Y. from 1858 to 1860, he was Principal of the Kinderhook Academy, N.Y.; he studied medicine nearly two years, and then, at the age of 19, enlisted as private in Co. F, 27th N.Y.V.I., and served two years in the ranks, performing the full duty of a private soldier in time of war; at the expiration of his enlistment he re-entered the service, and on the 17th of September 1863, was commissioned as Captain of Co. M. 1st N.Y. Vet. Cavalry, and with his regiment participated in the battles of the Shenandoah Valley, in Virginia and West Virginia, under Gen. Sheridan; in December 1864 he was appointed Inspector General of Cavalry in the 19th Corps; he was commander of the raid on Lewisburg and Covington, Virginia, in April 1865; and was senior officer in command in the engagement at White Sulpher Springs, Va.; with only two regiments he overcame the forces under the Confederate Gen. John McCausland, and captured more than a thousand prisoners, including Gen. McCausland; at the close of the war he entered the sophomore class in the University of Michigan, at Ann Arbor, and graduated there, in the classical course, in 1868; from 1868 to 1874 he was Assistant Professor of Greek in the Chicago University; and from 1874 to 1877 was Professor of Latin in the same university; and for two years thereafter filled the chair of rhetoric and English literature in same institution; in 1871, he graduated from the Chicago Theological Seminary with the degree of Bachelor of Divinity. He was married in 1870, to Miss Emma BELDEN, of Geneva, Ill.; they have four children - John Dwight, Charlotte, Mary and Henry. In January 1879, he was elected Professor of English Literature in the University of Wisconsin and entered upon the duties of the office in September 1879; in June 1880, he received the degree of LL. D., from the University of Chicago. Elsewhere in this volume will be found a reference to Prof. FREEMAN as an author of classical text-books and a contributor to the periodical press; politically, he is an independent; religiously, a Methodist; socially, he is genial and appreciative, but is naturally reserved; always dignified, though never repellant. As a teacher of classics, he evidently intends that his pupils shall not only acquire a technical knowledge of the language studied, but also acquaint themselves with the spirit and genius of the writer. His plan of teaching English literature is not so much by examining critiques upon authors, as by carefully studying the works of the authors themselves. Reviews, frequent and thorough, soon come to be expected by his pupils, who are required to be "ever ready." Imbued with a knowledge of his specialty, he seems to enjoy class work, and the interest of pupils is held to close of recitation. As a teacher he is exact, painstaking and enthusiastic.


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