Karl Theodor Christian Frederick Follen

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Karl Theodor Christian Friedrich Follen was born in Hesse-Darmstadt, Germany back in 1769 to Christoph and Rosine. He was educated in Giessen where he showed a proficiency in Greek, Latin, Hebrew, French and Italian. He continued his education at the University of Giessen studying theology.

In 1818, he returned to Giessen to study law where he was awarded a doctorate in civil and ecclesiastical law. In 1820, he moved to Switzerland where he taught Latin and history. In 1824, he moved to the United States arriving in New York City. In 1825, he was working as an instructor in German for Harvard University. He died in 1840.

What you may not know about Karl is that when he moved to the United States he changed his name to Charles Follen. He was the first professor of German at Harvard, he also established and equipped the first gymnasium in Boston. He also established the first college gymnasium in the United States at Harvard in 1826.

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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray Oh, you know Charles Follen is my favorite....favorite of all time.... FOAT!!

Jan 13, 2020 03:02 AM #1
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello James - I admit I wasn't previously familiar with  the name Charles Follen but the comment by Barbara Todaro tells me maybe it is more commonly known than I was aware. 

It's obvious from your post that he was quite proficient in languages and used that skill/talent wisely.  Thanks for that insight.  I may not know always know the source of some additional knowledge but I am aware that there is a lot of it around.  Definitely no shortage.  

Jan 13, 2020 04:09 AM #2
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Karl was wise to change his moniker. His real name was a mouthful! Enjoy your day!

Jan 13, 2020 04:10 AM #3
Donald Urschalitz
Lubeck Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

His path was one with so much adventure that most would not even understand.

Jan 13, 2020 04:23 AM #4
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning James. I didn't know of him but this was surely an interesting guy.

Jan 13, 2020 05:18 AM #5
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

What an interesting man, James... and certainly a very learned one. Did not know this history about Harvard.

Jan 13, 2020 05:31 AM #6
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Another wonderful man that I would have never known anything about without visiting your blog.

Jan 13, 2020 06:10 AM #7
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

Wonder what the education system would bear if we had to learn more languages in high school.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Jan 13, 2020 06:26 AM #8
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

It sounds like Karl's heart was really in sports and athletics James Dray 

Jan 13, 2020 07:04 AM #9
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

A brilliant man who also knew the value of working out.

Jan 13, 2020 07:52 AM #10
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

I honestly did not know this...

Have a wonderful start to this week James Dray 

Jan 13, 2020 09:08 AM #11
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- I'm thinking of all of the colleges and schools around the country and where we would be without our gyms. 

Jan 13, 2020 09:52 AM #12
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Hi James,

I had no idea, I will have to ask our friend who has an Masters from Harvard if he know about Charles.  A

Jan 13, 2020 12:52 PM #13
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Karl sounds like an interesting man. I can understand why he changed his name to something much shorter.

Jan 13, 2020 01:55 PM #14
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good afternoon James - I wonder if that name stuck here since a Gymnasium in Germany is an academic high school.

Jan 13, 2020 02:52 PM #15
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Hi James,  Thanks for sharing Karl's story with us.  Think of what the obesity rate of children would be in this country if the schools did not have gyms for classes, sporting events and work out times.

Jan 13, 2020 07:37 PM #16
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