Amos Bronson Alcott

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Amos Bronson Alcott


The Bio of Amos Bronson Alcott


Amos Bronson Alcott was born in Wolcott, Connecticut on November 29, 1799.

Alcott educated himself and became one of the leading figures of New England Transcendentalism.

He infused transcendentalist ideas into a conversational style teaching model and would establish a number of schools in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut for nearly a decade. In 1834, Alcott opened perhaps his most famous, the Temple School in Boston.

Alcott's theories and philosophies implemented at the Temple School fueled progressive thinkers in London, England to open the Alcott House. It was there that Alcott met with an admirer named Charles Lane. Lane would purchase the Massachusetts land that would become home to Fruitlands in 1842.

Alcott published a great deal of philosophical writings on various subjects including a biography which celebrated the mind, heart, and soul of his great friend and fellow Transcendentalist, Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Amos Bronson Alcott suffered a stroke in 1882 and died in Boston on March 4 1899. His daughter Louisa May Alcott died on the day of Alcott's funeral.


Sanborn, F. B. (Franklin Benjamin), 1831-1917


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