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Colonel Thomas Wentworth Higginson '41 died at his home, 29 Buckingham street, Cambridge, last night at 11.25 o'clock. At his bedside were his daughter, Mrs. Margaret Barney, his son-in-law, Dr. J. D. Barney '00, and Dr. J. L. Hildreth '93, the physician. The end came peacefully, as Colonel Higginson had been unconscious since 3 o'clock yesterday afternoon.
Until Saturday, when he was taken sick, he had been in comparatively good health. The doctors had depended upon his excellent constitution to over come the first attack but, when he lapsed into unconsciousness yesterday afternoon, no further hopes for his recovery were entertained, so that his death was not a surprise to his family. The death of Colonel Higginson marks the passing away of the last of a great school of American litterateurs, of whom Wendell Phillips '31 and Theodore Parker '36 are notable examples.
Brief Biography of Colonel Higginson
Thomas Wentworth Higginson was born in Cambridge on December 22, 1823. After he was graduated from College in 1841, he attended the Harvard Divinity School, from which he graduated in 1847. He then became a minister of the Theodore Parker school, but in 1858 abandoned the pulpit, having entered actively into literature and also into political affairs, especially in the anti-slavery conflict over Kansas. In 1862 he became a captain in the 51st Regiment of the Massachusetts Volunteer Militia, and afterwards Colonel of the 1st Regiment of South Carolina, composed of freed slaves. He was severely wounded in August, 1863, and left the service in the following year. From the close of the War to 1878 he resided at Newport, R. I., but since then has lived in Cambridge. In 1880 and 1881 he was a member of the Massachusetts legislature and from 1881 until 1884 was a member of the State Board of Education. He was an earnest advocate of woman suffrage and was also a well-known man of letters. Among his most notable publications are "Harvard Memorial Biographies," published in 1866; "Young Folks' History of the United States," which has been translated into French, German, and Italian; "English History for American Readers," which he wrote together with Professor Channing of the department of History; "Massachusetts in the Army and Navy"; and "Cheerful Yesterdays." He was also a frequent contributor to numerous magazines, particularly to "The Atlantic Monthly," "The Nation," and "Harper's Bazaar." He did considerable work in translation, notably the "Complete
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