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Charles Stearns Wheeler
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Birth: Dec. 19, 1816
Lincoln
Middlesex County
Massachusetts, USA
Death: Jun. 13, 1843
Leipzig
Saxony (Sachsen), Germany

Charles Stearns Wheeler was the son of Charles Wheeler and Julia Stearns of Lincoln. Charles Wheeler was a prosperous farmer and Julia was the daughter of the Rev. Charles Stearns, 46 years minister of the Lincoln Congregationalist church, and his wife Susanna Cowdry. He was a friend of Thoreau as they grew up together and he was Thoreau's roommate at Harvard. He built a cabin on Sandy Pond in Lincoln and lived there during summers. Thoreau accompanied him there and he may have taken part of his inspiration to go to Walden from this experience. He was a close protege of Emerson. Emerson called him "his Good Grecian". He taught Greek at Harvard, translated Herodotus, and was a resource for bringing the works of Tennyson and Carlyle to America. He was a member of the Transcendentalist movement and participated with Margaret Fuller in her Conversations and contributed to The Dial. He journeyed to Germany to study philosophy and sent news of his studies and discoveries home to Emerson. He died of a fever in Leipsic and the shock of his death stunned his circle of friends. His remains were returned from Germany and he is buried beside his friend, Samuel Hildreth, with a matching monument, on the Amaranth Path in Mt. Auburn cemetery. 
 
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 Parents:
  Charles Wheeler (1773 - 1848)
  Julia Stearns Wheeler (1786 - 1856)
 
 Sibling:
  William Francis Wheeler (1812 - 1890)*
  Charles Stearns Wheeler (1816 - 1843)
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Inscription:
Back inscription reads: He was four years an able and faithful instructor in Harvard University. To the learning of the Scholar he added the piety of the Christian. Ardent and indefatiguable, in a short life he did the work of many years. Simple in manners, pure in heart, affectionate in disposition, he was beloved by all who knew him. While pursuing his studies in a foreign country, he was attacked by the disease which ended his life. His remains, returned to his native land, rest here.
 
Burial:
Mount Auburn Cemetery
Cambridge
Middlesex County
Massachusetts, USA
Plot: Amaranth Path
 
Created by: Barbara Hanno
Record added: Oct 23, 2011
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Charles Stearns Wheeler
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Charles Stearns Wheeler
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And he went voyaging...
-Anonymous
 Added: Oct. 23, 2011
 
 
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