After Georgethen only ten years oldwas interviewed
by the president of Dartmouth College, he was unconditionally
admitted to the school.
When he practiced law for one year and found that occupation uncongenial,
he studied in Germany and then was appointed a Harvard professor
of French, Spanish, and belles lettres. Among his students
were James Russell Lowell and Henry David Thoreau. When he resigned,
his successor was Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
His major achievement as a writer was the History of Spanish
Literature in three volumes. His major public achievement
was helping to establish the Boston Public Library. He wrote the
initial planning report and in 1860 donated more than 2,400 of
his own books. He served as president of the Librarys board