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Amos Bronson ALCOTT

Amos Bronson ALCOTT

Male 1799 - 1888  (88 years)

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  • Name Amos Bronson ALCOTT 
    Born 29 Nov 1799  Wolcott, New Haven, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    _AMTID 110112971238:1030:113090087 
    _UID B5262408A3C4435F898FB89493DDED491A5A 
    Died 4 Mar 1888 
    Person ID I51832  My Genealogy
    Last Modified 19 Feb 2012 

    Father Joseph Chatfield ALCOTT,   b. 7 May 1771, Wolcott, New Haven, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Apr 1829  (Age 57 years) 
    Mother Anna BRONSON,   b. 20 Jan 1773, Jericho, New London, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Aug 1863, West Edmeston, Otsego, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 90 years) 
    Married 13 Oct 1796  Wolcott, New Haven, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F21245  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Abigail MAY,   b. 8 Oct 1800, Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1877  (Age 76 years) 
    Married 23 May 1830 
    Children 
     1. Anna Bronson ALCOTT,   b. 16 Mar 1831, Germantown, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. Louisa May ALCOTT,   b. 29 Nov 1832, Germantown, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Mar 1888, Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 55 years)
     3. Elizabeth Sewall ALCOTT,   b. 24 Jun 1835, Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Mar 1858  (Age 22 years)
     4. Abigail May ALCOTT,   b. 26 Jul 1840, Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 26 May 2021 
    Family ID F21244  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 29 Nov 1799 - Wolcott, New Haven, Connecticut Link to Google Earth
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    Amos Bronson Alcott.jpg

  • Notes 
    • An American teacher, writer, philosopher, and reformer. As an educator, Alcott pioneered new ways of interacting with young students, focusing on a conversational style, and avoided traditional punishment. He hoped to perfect the human spirit and, to that end, advocated a vegan diet before the term was coined. He was also an abolitionist and an advocate for women's rights.
      Born in Connecticut in 1799, Alcott had only minimal formal schooling before attempting a career as a traveling salesman. Worried about how the itinerant life might negatively impact his soul, he turned to teaching. His innovative methods, however, were controversial, and he rarely stayed in one place very long. His most well-known teaching position was at the Temple School in Boston. His experience there was turned into two books: Records of a School and Conversations with Children on the Gospels. Alcott became friends with Ralph Waldo Emerson and became a major figure in transcendentalism. His writings on behalf of that movement, however, are heavily criticized for being incoherent. Based on his ideas for human perfection, Alcott founded Fruitlands, a transcendentalist experiment in community living. The project was short-lived and failed after seven months. Alcott continued to struggle financially for most of his life. Nevertheless, he continued focusing on educational projects and opened a new school at the end of his life in 1879. He died in 1888.