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Charles Anthon
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Birth: Nov. 19, 1797
New York
New York County (Manhattan)
New York, USA
Death: Jul. 29, 1867
New York
New York County (Manhattan)
New York, USA

American classical scholar. Son of Dr. George Christian Anthon and Genevieve Jadot.
Graduated from Columbia College in 1815 with honors and was admitted to the bar in 1819, but did not practice law. Began the study of the classics and in 1820 was assistant professor of Greek and Latin in Columbia College and full professor from 1830 to 1857. In 1831 Columbia College conferred upon him the degree of LL.D. He was the headmaster of Columbia grammar school from 1837 to 1864 and Jay professor of Greek and Latin literature from 1857 to 1867. He produced for use in colleges and schools a number of classical works including various Greek and Latin readers and edited and compiled many volumes consisting of Greek and Roman literature, lexicons and works relating to the study of the dead languages.

Charles Anthon is very well-known among members of the LDS Church (Mormon) because of his involvement with Martin Harris concerning some characters from Joseph Smith's translation of the Golden Plates. Harris wanted assurances of the authenticity of the work and so Smith copied some of the characters from the plates on to a sheet of paper, now known as the Anthon transcript. Harris later stated:

"I went to the city of New York, and presented the characters which had been translated, with the translation thereof, to Professor Charles Anthon, a gentleman celebrated for his literary attainments. Professor Anthon stated that the translation was correct, more so than any he had before seen translated from the Egyptian.

"I then showed him those which were not translated, and he said that they were true characters. He gave me a certificate certifying to the people of Palmyra that they were true characters, and that the translation of such of them as had been translated­ was also correct.

"I took the certificate and put it into my pocket, and was just leaving the house, when Mr. Anthon called me back, and asked me how the young man found out there were gold plates in the place where he found them. I answered that an angel of God had revealed it unto him. He then said to me, 'Let me see that certificate.' I accordingly took it out of my pocket and gave it to him, then he took it and tore it to pieces saying that there was no such thing as ministering angels, and that if I would bring the plates to him HE WOULD TRANSLATE THEM. I informed him that part of the plates were sealed and that I was forbidden to bring them. He replied, 'I cannot read a sealed book.'"(History of the Church Vol. I, p. 20)

Anthon however later wrote two letters to acquaintances describing his encounter with Harris, in which he claims that the Golden Plates were a mishmash of Greek and Hebrew, with a crude reproduction of an Aztec calendar at the bottom. Anthon also stated in both of the letters that he believed Joseph Smith to be a con man. The information concerning the Harris visit may well had been altered by Anthon in an attempt to separate himself from any association with the Mormons.

Thanks to Judy Reamy for additional family information.
 
 
Burial:
Saint Mark's Church-In-The-Bowery
Manhattan
New York County (Manhattan)
New York, USA
 
Created by: Carl W. McBrayer
Record added: Mar 12, 2005
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Charles Anthon
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Editor/Author, s/o Dr. George Christian Anthon & Genevieve (Jadot)
- Judy Reamy
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