Hedge, Frederic Henry, 1805–90, American Unitarian clergyman and author, b. Cambridge, Mass., educated in Germany and at Harvard. He held several New England pastorates. In 1836 he joined Emerson and others in forming the Transcendental Club. His edition of Prose Writers of Germany (1848) established him as a German scholar. Hedge also wrote for periodicals, edited (1857–61) the Christian Examiner, and wrote Reason in Religion (1865) and many other books. He was professor of ecclesiastical history in the Harvard Divinity School (1857–76) and professor of German at Harvard (1872–81).
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