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Transactions of the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters
volume IV (1876-1877)

Carpenter, Stephen H.
John Baptist Feuling, Ph. D.,   pp. 316-318 PDF (1.0 MB)


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316     Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts, and Letters.
  To these mental and moral characters there was added religious belief and
religious culture. He seemed to us to exemplify in an e ninent degree the
true attitude of faith and science. They appeared the right hand and the
left hand of his being; set over against each other, indeed, antagonizing
each other's action in a sense, yet both working together in mutual confi-
dence and love for the good of the whole being.
  His religious views never seemed to hamper his scientific conceptions,
nor
his science circumscribe the domain of his faith. He never seemed to hope
or fear that his crucible would analyze the humnan soul, but in quiet and
courageous trust he lived a true scientist and a true Christian.
  His scientific labors have been so interwoven with the history of this
Society that they do not need formal memorial here. We but repeat the
spontaneous judgment of those most intimately associated with his investi-
gations, as well as those who have listened to his productions, when we
characterize them in terms of high esteem and admiration.
             JOHN BAPTIST FEULING, PH. D.
                   BY STEPHEN H. CARPENTER. LL. D.
       Professor of Logn and English Literature in the Univer~iity of Wisconsin.
  Dr. JOHN BAPTIST FEULING, Professor of Modern Languages and Compar-
ative Philology in the University of Wisconsin, died at Fayette, Iowa, March
10, 1878, after a lingering illness of more than six months.
  Dr. Feuling was born in the classic city of Worms, Germany, February 12th,
*1838. He attended the public school until his tenth year. In 1848 he entered
the Gymnasium, from which he graduated nine years after, in 1857, with a
first degree, and entered the University at Giessen to study Philology. His
studies at the University were interrupted by being called to serve in the
army, but after two months' service, he returned and passed his public exami-
nation in 1860. While at the University he gave private instruction, and
after
leaving, he accepted a position in the Institute of St. Gowishausen, on the
Rhine. as teacher of Latin and Greek. During 1861 he spent six months at
the Bibliotheque Imperiale, at Paris, mainly in the study of Philology, and
in
acquiring a conversational mastery of the French language.
  He came to this country in 1865, landing at Portland, Maine, April 14th.
He
went directly to New York, where he remained some time. He then spent a
year at Toledo, Ohio, where he opened a French and German Academy. Not
succeeding in this enterprise, he came west, and was employed for a time
at
Racine College in giving instruction in the classic languages, from which
place he was called by President Chadbourne to the chair of Modern Lan-
guages and Comparative Philology, at the University of Wisconsin, in the
spring of 1868- which position he filled at the time of his death. Shortly
after his accession to his professorship here, he was invited to the Professor-


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