Franz Lieber was born in Berlin, Prussia back in 1789/1800, the exact DOB is unknown. He joined the Prussian Army in 1815, wounded during the Battle of Waterloo. After the war, he returned to Berlin entering the University of Berlin. Moving to Jean he enrolled at the University of Jena in 1820. Just four months later he finished writing a dissertation in the field of mathematics.
He fought briefly in the Greek War of Independence. In 1827, he moved to Boston, where he worked as a gymnasium administrator. While in Boston he edited an Encyclopedia Americana between 1829-1833. He became a professor of history and political economics at South Carolina College serving 20 years. From 1856-1865 he held the position of Professor of history and political science at Columbia University. He died in 1872, he was 72-74 year of age.
What you may not know about Franz is that he was the author of the Lieber Code during the American Civil War, also known as the Code for the Government of Armies in the Field (1863). The Lieber Code is considered the first document to comprehensively outline rules regarding the conduct of war, and laid the foundation for the Geneva Conventions.
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