North American Scholar

FITZ-HUGH, Thomas

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  • Date of Birth (YYYY-MM-DD): 1862-10-12
  • Born City: Longwood
  • Born State/Country: VA
  • Parents: William Henry & Mary Ann Harrison F.
  • Date of Death (YYYY-MM-DD): 1957-02-09
  • Death City: Yeadon
  • Death State/Country: PA
  • Married: Catherine Lefevre, 23 June 1902; Gertrude Gold-Stuecker, 24 August 1905.
  • Education:

    M.A. U. Virginia, 1883; study at Berlin, 1892-3, 1899-1902.

  • Professional Experience:

    Instr. Lat. Bingham's School (NC), 1881-2; prof. Latin & English, Central U. (Richmond, KY), 1881-2; first asst. Bellevue HS (VA), 1884-9; prof. Lat. U. Texas, 1889-99; prof. Lat. U. Virginia, 1901-29.

  • Publications:

    The Philosophy of the Humanities (Chicago, 1897); The Outlines of a System of Classical Pedagogy (Berlin, 1900); The Sacred Tripudium, the Accentual and Rhythmic Norm of Italico-Romanic Speech and Verse (Charlottesville, 1909); The Literary Saturnian, the Stichic Norm of Italico-Keltic, Romanic, and Modern Rhythm (Charlottesville, 1910); Indoeuropean Rhythm (Charlottesville, 1912); The Letters of George Long (Charlottesville, 1917); The Letters of Thomas Jefferson Concerning Philology and the Classics (Charlottesville, 1918).

  • Notes:

    Thomas Fitz Hugh was born of colonial Virginia stock and after a decade's sojourn in Austin, TX, returned to his old school as the hand-picked successor of Col. William E. Peters. Although he was already an established scholar, the University of Virginia granted him a three-year sabbatical to studying Germany before assuming his duties. In Charlottesville, he devoted himself to his accentual theory of Latin metrics, a theory he ingrained in his students and first published in 1909, but which he recanted late in his life. He edited the letters of his predecessor George Long and those on classical subjects by Thomas Jefferson.

  • Sources:

    The University of Virginia: Its History, Influence, Equipment and Characteristics, ed. P. B. Barringer et al. (New York, 1904) 2:19-20; V. Dabney, Mr. Jefferson's University (Charlottesville, 1981) 109.

  • Author: Ward W. Briggs, Jr.