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Biography of Thomas Arnold


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Arnold, Thomas, D.C., born in 1795. Was educated at Winchester and Corpus Christi College, Oxford. In 1815 he became Fellow of Oriel, obtaining in that year the Chancellor's Prize for the Latin, and in 1817 for the English essay. After taking holy orders, he passed nine years at Laleham near Staines, in literary occupations, and in preparing young men for the universities. Appointed head master of Rugby School in 1828, he raised that institution beyond all precedent, both by the remarkable success of his pupils and by the introduction of new branches of study into the Rugby course. He was of the Broad Church school of thought, and a vigorous opposer of the then new Tractarian movement. In 1841 he was appointed professor of modern history at Oxford. The best known of Dr. Arnold's works are his edition of "Thucydides," his "History of Rome" (unfinished), and his sermons delivered in the chapel of Rugby School. Died, 1842.