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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