Granville Stanley “G Stanley” Hall


Granville Stanley “G Stanley” Hall

Ashfield, Franklin County, Massachusetts, USA
Death 24 Apr 1924 (aged 80)
Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, USA
Burial Ashfield, Franklin County, Massachusetts, USA
Plot D/01
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son of Granville Bascom Hall &
Abigail (Beales) Hall

m. 1) Cornelia M. Fisher c.1875/80
perhaps in Yellow Springs, Ohio where they met. He was chair of Philosophy at Antioch College there. A family tree on reports they were married 24 Sept 1879 at Christus Church, Berlin, Germany.

m. 2) Florence Eliza Smith 22 Jul 1899
int. at Newton, Mass.
she was b. c.1858 at Lancaster, Mass.
dau of Orlando A Smith &
Eliza M (Goodrich) Smith
who were m. int. 23 Sep 1856
at Hancock, Mass.
Florence was a teacher, her 1st marriage

children w/1st wife Cornelia:
Robert (1881-1971)
Julia (1882-1890)

extensive listing of the details of his will can be found in a newspaper article published Tuesday, April 29, 1924, in the Boston Herald.

died at his home in Worcester after a long illness; ancestors came to America on the Mayflower; his great-grandfather the first to settle in the Conn. Valley; his father owned and ran two large farms; until the age of 14 he worked the farm and helped in father's other business; attended Shelburne Falls Academy, and Williston Seminary, graduated Williams College in 1867; studied at Union Theological Seminary for one year, from 1868 to 1872 was a student at Berlin, Bonn and Heidelberg; in 1872 was appointed chair of philosophy at Antioch college, where he met his first wife Cornelia Fisher of Boston; after four years at Antioch, served one year as English instructor at Harvard; went abroad again, became professor at John Hopkins University for seven years; in 1870 received degree of A.M. from Williams College and PhD from Harvard in 1878 and from Leipzig, Berlin and London Universities from 1878 to 1881; degree of LL.D. by University of Michigan in 1888, Williams in 1889 and John Hopkins in 1902; accepted call to Clark University upon its founding and served until 1920; [continues with his lengthy affiliations and achievements]; states he was twice married with his widow and two children surviving [sic - an article about his will mentions his "only son" Dr Robert Hall]
[published Friday, April 25, 1924, Boston Herald]

excerpt from Who's Who in America, Vol. 13, 1924-1925, Edited by Albert Nelson Marquis, Printed by A. N Marquis & Company in Chicago, IL, Page 1424 (Necrology Page 164: Deaths Reported During Course of Printing Who's Who in America) thanks to FAG contributor 46986571:

Professor of Psychology, Antioch College, 1872-1876; instructor of English, Harvard, 1876-1877; lecturer, psychology, Harvard and Williams, 1880-1881; professor of psychology, Johns Hopkins, 1881-1888; president and professor of psychology, Clark University, 1888-1920.
Founder and editor of American Journal of Psychology, 1887-1921; editor Pedagogical Seminary, 1892-; American Journal Religious Psychology, 1917-; Fellow of American Academy of Arts and Sciences; member of Massachusetts Historical Society, American Psychological Association, American Philosophical Society, National Academy of Science.
Author : Aspects of German Culture, 1881; Hints Toward a Select and Descriptive Bibliography of Education (with John M. Mansfield), 1886; Adolescence (2 volumes), 1904; Youth-Its Education, Regimen and Hygiene, 1907; Educational Problems, 1911; Founders of Modern Psychology, 1912; Jesus the Christ, in the Light of Psychology, 1917; Morale: The Supreme Standard of Life and Conduct, 1920; Recreations of a Psychologist, 1920; Senescence, 1922; Life and Confessions of a psychologist, 1923.
Home : 156 Woodland Street, Worcester, Mass.

excerpts From Wikipedia -
lengthy biography includes photograph:

was a pioneering American psychologist and educator. His interests focused on childhood development and evolutionary theory. Hall was the first president of the American Psychological Association and the first president of Clark University.
remembered for his contributions to psychology, for his support of applied psychology and his success in advising many doctoral students who have made great contributions to psychology. Hall also mentored the first African American to get a Ph.D. in psychology, Francis Cecil Sumner in 1920.
An important contributor to educational literature, and a leading authority in that field, he founded and was editor of the American Journal of Psychology and edited also the Pedagogical Seminary (after 1892), the American Journal of Religious Psychology and Education (after 1904), and the Journal of Race Development (after 1910).
graduated from Williams College in 1867, then studied at the Union Theological Seminary; in 1878 earned his doctorate in psychology under William James at Harvard University, the first psychology doctorate awarded in America; went to Europe to study at the University of Berlin, and spent a brief time in Wundt's Leipzig laboratory in 1879.
taught English and philosophy at Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio, then history of philosophy at Williams College in Mass.; successful lecture series and Harvard and Johns Hopkins University, secured a position in the philosophy department at Johns Hopkins, teaching psychology and pedagogy; stayed at Johns Hopkins from 1882–1888 and, in 1883, began what is considered by some to be the first formal American psychology laboratory; Hall objected vehemently to the emphasis on teaching traditional subjects, e.g., Latin, mathematics, science and history, in high school, arguing instead that high school should focus more on the education of adolescents than on preparing students for college.
1887 Hall founded the American Journal of Psychology, and in 1892 was appointed as the first president of the American Psychological Association. In 1889 he was named the first president of Clark University, a post he filled until 1920; was instrumental in the development of educational psychology, and attempted to determine the effect adolescence has on education
supervised the 1896 study Peculiar and Exceptional Children which described a series of only child oddballs as permanent misfits. For decades, academics and advice columnists alike disseminated his conclusion that an only child could not be expected to go through life with the same capacity for adjustment that siblings possessed. "Being an only child is a disease in itself," he claimed.
was responsible for inviting Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung to visit and deliver a lecture series in 1909 at the Clark Conference. Hall and Freud shared the same beliefs on sex and adolescence. Hall promised Freud an Honorary Degree from Clark University. This was Freud's first and only visit to America. It was the biggest conference held at Clark University. It was the most controversial conference because Freud's research was based on non-scientific theories, which Hall's colleagues criticized.
In 1917, Hall published a book on religious psychology, "Jesus the Christ in the Light of Psychology." The book was written in two volumes to define Jesus Christ in psychological terms.
In 1922, at the age of 78, he published the book "Senescence," a book on aging.
Hall was deeply wedded to the German concept of Volk, an anti-individualist and authoritarian romanticism in which the individual is dissolved into a transcendental collective. Hall believed that humans are by nature non-reasoning and instinct driven, requiring a charismatic leader to manipulate their herd instincts for the well-being of society. He predicted that the American emphasis on individual human right and dignity would lead to a fall that he analogized to the sinking of Atlantis.
Hall was one of the founders of the child study movement. A national network of study groups called Hall Clubs existed to spread his teaching.
Hall had no sympathy for the poor, the sick or those with developmental differences or disabilities. A firm believer in selective breeding and forced sterilization, Hall believed that any respect or charity toward those he viewed as physically, emotionally, or intellectually weak or "defective" simply interfered with the movement of natural selection toward the development of a super-race.

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G Stanley Hall
born Feb 1 1844
died Apr 24 1924
FIAT LUX [Latin for 'Let there be Light']
Cornelia Matilda Fisher
wife of G Stanley Hall
July 4 1850
May 15 1890
United in Live and in Death
Julia Fisher Hall
their daughter
May 30 1882
May 15 1890


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