North American Scholar

HARRINGTON, Karl Pomeroy

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  • Date of Birth (YYYY-MM-DD): 1861-06-13
  • Born City: Great Falls
  • Born State/Country: NH
  • Parents: Calvin Sears, a Methodist minister, & Cynthia Eliza Chase H.
  • Date of Death (YYYY-MM-DD): 1953-11-14
  • Death City: Berkeley
  • Death State/Country: CA
  • Married: Jennie Eliza Canfield, 25 Nov. 1886.
  • Education:

    A.B. Wesleyan, 1882; M.A., 1885; study in Berlin, Italy, & Greece, 1887-9; Yale, 1890-1; Mus.D. (hon.) Wesleyan, 1946.

  • Professional Experience:

    Lat. tchr. Westfield (MA) HS, 1882-5; Wilbraham (MA) Acad., 1885-87; tutor Lat., Wesleyan, 1889-91; prof. Lat. U. North Carolina, 1891-9; U. Maine, 1899-1905; Wesleyan, 1905-29.

  • Publications:

    Helps to the Intelligent Study of College Preparatory Latin (Boston, 1888); Greek and Roman Mythology, with Herbert Cushing Tolman (Boston & New York, 1897); Songs of All the Colleges, with D. B. Chamberlain (New York, 1903); Live Issues in Classical Study (Boston & London, 1910); The Roman Elegiac Poets (New York, 1914); Catullus and His Influence (Boston, 1923); Medieval Latin (Boston & New York, 1925); Walks and Climbs in the White Mountains (New Haven, 1926); Third Year Latin, with W. V. McDuffie (Boston & New York, 1929); The Abingdon Book of Christmas Carols (New York, 1931); Education in Church Music (New York & London, 1931); Selections from Latin Prose and Poetry (Boston, 1933); The Background of Wesleyan (Middletown, CT, 1942).

  • Notes:

    K. P. Harrington, Latinist and composer, published nearly 20 books on topics from fraternity songs to the White Mountains of New Hampshire. His school texts Third Year Latin and Selections from Latin Prose and Poetry were very popular and used well into the 20th century, while his anthology Medieval Latin remains the most comprehensive in print today.A dedicated organist and lover of church music, Harrington was an editor of the Methodist Hymnal in 1905 and served on the hymnal revision committee of 1928-35. He compiled four collections of college songs and composed the Christmas hymn “There's a Song in the Air.”

  • Sources:

    K. P. Harrington, The Autobiography of a Versatile and Vigorous Professor, ed. Mabel Harrington Potter (Boston, 1975); NatCAB 42:661-2; NYTimes (17 Nov. 1953) 31; WhAm 4:409.

  • Author: Ward W. Briggs, Jr.