Historian; born in Hartford, Conn.
, March 31, 1842; graduated at Harvard in 1863 and at its Law School in 1865, but never practised; has since been identified with that institution as instructor, lecturer, assistant librarian, and overseer.
He has also been Professor
of American History in Washington University, St. Louis
, and is a wellknown lecturer on historical themes.
He was the son of Edmund Brewster Green
, of Smyrna, Del.
, and Mary Fiske Bound, of Middletown, Conn.
his father died and three years later his mother married Edwin W. Stoughton
, of New York.
The same year the boy, whose name was Edmund Fiske Green
, assumed the name of John Fiske
, which was that of his maternal grandfather.
's works fall under two heads: philosophical, including the Cosmic Philosophy
; Idea of God
, etc.; and historical, including The critical period of American history
; Civil government in the United States
; The War of Independence
; The American Revolution
; The beginnings of New England
; The discovery of America
; Old Virginia and her natives
His three essays, The federal Union
(q. v.); The town-meeting
; and Manifest destiny
, were published in one volume under the title of American political ideas from the stand-point of universal history
With James Grant Wilson
he edited Appleton's Cyclopaedia of American biography
He died at Gloucester, Mass.
, July 4, 1901.