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Karl Follen


FOLLEN, KARL German poet and patriot, brother of A. L. Follen, was born at Romrod, Hesse-Darmstadt, on Sept. 5, 1795. He studied at Giessen, and after a year's serv ice in the army (1814) began the study of jurisprudence, and in 1818 established himself as Privatdocent of civil law at Giessen. Suspected of political intrigues, he removed to Jena, and thence, after the assassination of Kotzebue, fled to France. After the political murder of the duc de Berry (Jan. 14, 182o), Follen was regarded as suspect, and took refuge in Switzerland; but the Prussian authorities imperatively demanding his surrender, he sought in 1824 the hospitality of the United States of America. Here he taught German at Harvard in 1825, and in 183o was appointed professor; but he forfeited his post in 1835 by his anti-slavery agitation, and became Unitarian minister at Lex ington, Mass. (1836) . He perished at sea on the night of Jan. 13-14, 184o. Follen was the author of several celebrated patriotic liberal songs. The best is perhaps Horch auf, ihr Fiirsten! Do Volk, porch au f ! It was published in A. L. Follen's collection of patriotic songs, Freie Stimmen f rischer Jugend.

His wife Elisa Lee (1787-186o) published after his death his lectures and sermons, with a biography written by herself (5 vols., Boston, 1846).

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