THE LEADING CITIZENS OF MADISON COUNTY

CONTENTS
Preface
Names Index
Portrait Index


  PROFESSOR NATHANIEL SCHMIDT, A.M., a member of the faculty of Colgate University, a gentleman of superior linguistic attainments, an Orientalist of much proficiency, is a fine representative of that large class of foreign-born citizens that has rendered to this country such eminent services in the various branches of art, science, and letters. Professor Schmidt was born in Hudiksvall, Sweden, May 22, 1862, and in 1882 was graduated from the Hudiksvall Gymnasium. He devoted himself to scientific and linguistic studies at the University of Stockholm from 1882 to 1884. In the summer of 1884 he came to the United States and entered Hamilton Theological Seminary, from which institution he was graduated in 1887. During the years 1887 and 1888 he was pastor of the First Swedish Baptist Church in New York City. In the latter year he was appointed Associate Professor of Semitic Languages in Hamilton Theological Seminary. During the year 1896 he devoted himself to studies in Ethiopic and Arabic literature, in history and theology, at the University of Berlin, learning of such men as Dillmann, Schrader, Dieterici, Pfleiderer, and Harnack. He also visited a number of other German universities, becoming personally acquainted with the leading representatives of his chosen branch of study. Upon his return he was made full Professor of Semitic Languages and Literature in Hamilton Theological Seminary, and Professor of Semitic Languages in Colgate University. The Professor is the author of a large number of treatises, brochures, and articles in English, German, and Swedish, and is known as an accomplished Semitic scholar. His linguistic attainments, however, are not limited to Oriental tongues, as he is equally familiar with European languages, and speaks several of them with fluency. In 1887 he received from Colgate University the degree of Master of Arts. Professor Schmidt was married September 26, 1887, to Miss Ellen Alfvén, of Stockholm, Sweden.

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