The New Student's Reference Work/Norton, Charles Eliot


Nor′ton, Charles Eliot, an American author and educator, was born at Cambridge, Mass., Nov. 16, 1827.  Young Norton graduated at Harvard College in 1846, and traveled in Europe and the far east for the following two or three years.  He spent nine years abroad between 1849 and 1873.  In 1864—68, he was joint editor with Lowell of the North American Review.  In 1874 he was appointed professor of the history of art at Harvard, and in 1879 he became president of the Archæeological institute of America, holding that office for 11 years.  He received the honorary degree of Lit. D. from Cambridge, England, and LL.D. from Harvard.  He published and edited about 20 volumes.  His writings largely dealt with art and sociology, as in his Recent Social Theories and Historical Studies of Church Building in the Middle Ages.  He wrote lives or edited works of Dante, Michael Angela, Carlyle, Emerson, Lowell, etc.  He died, Oct. 20,1908.