North American Scholar

FRIEZE, Henry Simmons

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  • Date of Birth (YYYY-MM-DD): 1817-09-15
  • Born City: Boston
  • Born State/Country: MA
  • Parents: Jacob & Betsey Slade Simmons F.
  • Date of Death (YYYY-MM-DD): 1889-12-07
  • Death City: Ann Arbor
  • Death State/Country: MI
  • Married: Anna Roffee, 1847.
  • Education:

    B.A. Brown, 1841; LL.D., 1882; LL.D, U. Michigan, 1885.

  • Professional Experience:

    Tutor Brown, 1841-3; founder & teacher, University Grammar Sch. (Providence, RI), 1844-54; prof. Lat. U. Michigan, 1854-89; actng. pres., 1869-71, 1880-2, 1887-8.

  • Publications:

    Vergil's Aeneid (New York, 1860); The Tenth and Twelfth Books of the Institutes of Quintilian (New York, 1867; rev. ed. 1888); A Vergilian Dictionary (New York, 1882); The Bucolics, Georgics, and First Six Books of the Aeneid of Vergil (New York, 1882); A Memorial Discourse on the Life and Services of Rev. Henry Philip Tappan (Ann Arbor, 1882); P. Vergili Maronis Opera (New York, 1883); Giovanni Dupre, with Two Discourses on Art from the Italian of Augusto Conti (London, 1886; 2ded., 1888).

  • Notes:

    Henry Simmons Frieze, a man of many talents and interests, was among the first American classical scholars to shift from philology to Altertumswissenschaft, though he retained a special interest in Virgil. After founding a preparatory school in Providence, he was called to the University of Michigan, where he enjoyed a distinguished career as teacher and administrator, being three times acting president of the university. He guided the admission of women in 1870 and a year later declined the presidency in favor of James B. Angell. He was also the founder of the University of Michigan Art Museum and the University School of Music. He gave organ recitals throughout his career and served as professor of music.

  • Sources:

    James R. Angell, A Memorial Discourse on the Life and Services of Henry Simmons Frieze, LL.D. (Ann Arbor, 1890); William H. Worrell, DAB 7:34-5; M. L. D'Ooge, CR 4 (1890) 131-2; NatCAB 1:250; Gerald G. Szymanski, BDAE 484-5; Sandys 458; WhAmH 261.

  • Author: Meyer Reinhold