North American Scholar

SHERMAN, Charles Lawton

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  • Date of Birth (YYYY-MM-DD): 1894-02-16
  • Born City: Newport
  • Born State/Country: RI
  • Date of Death (YYYY-MM-DD): 1954-12-22
  • Death City: Northampton
  • Death State/Country: MA
  • Married: Dorothy Anthony Arnold, 13 July 1918; Mrs. Mary S. Burdick Kenly, 23 Mar. 1950.
  • Education:

    A.B. Harvard, 1917; Licence ├Ęs lettres Grenoble, 1920; Ph.D. Harvard, 1928; M.A. (hon.) Amherst, 1940.

  • Professional Experience:

    Asst. prof. Gk. & Lat. Ohio Wesleyan, 1920-2; instr. French Harvard, 1922-3; Gk. & Lat., 1923-9; asso. prof. Lat. Amherst, 1929-33; pol. sci., 1933-40; prof. hist. & pol. sci., 1940-54.

  • Dissertation:

    "Quo modo ingenia moresque personarum descripserit Aeschylus" (Harvard, 1928).

  • Publications:

    "The Constitutio Antoniniana in the Light of the Yv&nwv tov ISiov Aoyov," TAPA 59 (1928) 33-47; John Locke, Treatise of Civil Government and A Letter concerning Toleration (ed.) (New York, 1937); Diodorus Siculus, vol. 7 (trans.) LCL (Cambridge & London, 1952).

  • Notes:

    A versatile teacher, Sherman offered courses in history and political science. He began to spread his interests to fields beyond the classics during World War I, when he was drafted into the Army Corps of Engineers. After the war he used a Sheldon Travelling Fellowship to study at Grenoble. After getting his Ph.D., he chose to work at a small liberal arts college where he could effectively broaden his teaching. In 1933-4 he studied with Harold Laski at the London School of Economics. He returned to Amherst and left Greek and Latin completely behind in order to teach courses in ancient history and classical civilization. He also began a course on European intellectual history. He said, "At the small college you can be more of an amateur and get a lot more fun out of it.''

  • Sources:

    DAS 1951:852; Harvard Class of 1917 25th Anniversary Report (Cambridge, 1942) 861-3; NYTimes (23 Dec. 1954) 19.

  • Author: Ward W. Briggs, Jr.