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Walter Cochrane Bronson
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Birth: Aug. 17, 1862
Suffolk County
Massachusetts, USA
Death: Jun. 2, 1928
Oxfordshire, England

Walter Cochrane Bronson was a Brown alumnus (Class of 1887) who returned to Brown as an English professor in 1892. The Dictionary of American Biography said of him: "His creative tendencies were restrained ... by an acute critical sense, a liking for research, and his genius for teaching. He held it finer to teach great literature than to produce a middling sort." He was the author of A Short History of American Literature published in 1900, and The History of Brown University, 1764-1914, written in the sesquicentennial year of the University. Bronson also edited Poems of William Collins and several volumes of English and American poetry and prose.

In 1895-96, under Professor Bronson, the English Department offered a new introductory course in English Literature, taught by three faculty members. One hundred students at the University and about forty at the Women�s College, later Pembroke College, enrolled in the course. Of these, Bronson was disappointed to observe, "The year�s experience has strongly confirmed our belief that such a course was much needed. We have found nine-tenths of the class quite untrained in habits of intelligent and appreciative reading. ... Next year we shall make the instruction even more elementary and practical."

Bronson was born in Roxbury, Massachusetts, on August 17, 1862. His mother was the daughter of Jeremiah Chaplin 1799, the first president of Waterville (Colby) College. He postponed entering college because of illness and graduated from Brown in 1887 at the age of 25. He studied at Harvard Divinity School the next year and did graduate work at Cornell from 1888 to 1890. In 1889, while he was at Cornell, he was appointed Fellow in English Literature and professor of English at DePauw University in 1890. He became associate professor of English literature at Brown in 1892, and full professor in 1895. Bronson retired in 1927 and traveled to the south of France for his health. He died in Oxford, England, on June 2, 1928.

Artist William Cushing Loring grew up in the Boston area and studied in New York, Paris, and London. He was an instructor at the Rhode Island School of Design, and frequently published magazine articles on the fine arts in the United States and abroad. His works are exhibited in the Rhode Island Statehouse, Harvard University and the Museum of the Rhode Island School of Design.

Over 200 letters (some illustrated) written to his parents during Loring's travels are included in the Smithsonian Archives of American Art. According to the Smithsonian, "Loring describes the scene in Paris as the city celebrated Bastille Day: 'The streets are crowded with people, the buildings a mass of colors . . . thousands of red white and blue lights. Bands are playing in every square. All [of] Paris seems to be dancing.' For Loring, words alone were not enough to convey the grandeur of the event. He interrupts the text with a lively pen-and-ink drawing of Parisian dancers, vigorously sketched with a spirit that conveys the dizzying excitement of the day." Williams Cushing Loring was born in 1879 and died in 1959.
Find A Grave contributor JH adds:
From Who's Who in the World, 1912
Bronson, Walter Cochrane: Prof. of English literature since 1895 at Brown Univ.
Born Aug. 17, 1862, at Roxbury, Mass., son of Rev. Benjamin F. and Annie (Chaplin) Bronson.
Editor: "Poems of William Collins;" "English Poems;" and "English Essays."
Author: "Short History of American Literature."
Married Elsie M. Staffin, A.M., 1905
Address: 77 Camp St., Providence, R. I., U.S.A.
Created by: Linda Mac
Record added: May 29, 2011
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Walter Cochrane Bronson
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