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Charles Townsend Copeland
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Birth: Apr. 27, 1860
Washington County
Maine, USA
Death: Jul. 24, 1952
Middlesex County
Massachusetts, USA


Once upon a time, Professor Charles Townsend Copeland went to a particularly dull houseparty. Conversation dragged and the afternoon appeared to be a total loss. When he returned, some friends asked him whether or not he had enjoyed himself. "I should have been bored," Professor Copeland replied, "had I not been there myself."

Professor Copeland, "Copey," was witty and knew it. Harvard anecdotes about him, like Lincoln stories, are legion and legendary. But the reason for the stories, both true and apocryphal, is that they perpetuate the personality of a truly unique teacher who left no other significant relics. As an English instructor, and later as Boylston Professor of Rhetoric and Oratory, he taught two famous courses; an advanced writing course and a course titled "Johnson and his Circle." He wrote only one book, compiled two anthologies, and allowed a short moving picture to be filmed of himself reading aloud. (The Harvard Crimson, Stephen Clapp, April 16, 1958)

He held the Boynton Chair for Rhetoric, Poetry and Oratory at Harvard, wrote book reviews for Boston newspapers and worked as a broadcaster.

In the 1880 U.S. Census, college student Charles Copeland, 20, born Maine, was living in Calais, Maine with retired lumberman Henry C., 48; Sarah, 46; Lowell, 17; S. Catherine, 5, all born in Maine. Living with them were servant Lydia Deacon, 22, born Canada; servant Mary Breman, 18, born Canada; and Sarah's widowed mother, Sarah Lowell, 74, born Maine. 
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  Henry Clay Copeland (1832 - 1912)
  Sarah Lowell Copeland (1833 - 1916)
  Charles Townsend Copeland (1860 - 1952)
  Lowell Copeland (1862 - 1935)*
  Katherine Copeland Dunbar (1874 - 1924)*
*Calculated relationship
Calais Cemetery
Washington County
Maine, USA
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Record added: Aug 05, 2011
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Charles Townsend Copeland
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