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Horne, Herman Harrell

by James Elliott Moore, 1988

22 Nov. 1874–16 Aug. 1946

Herman Harrell Horne, educator, was born at Clayton, the son of Hardee and Ida Caroline Harrell Horne. In 1895 he was graduated with A.B. and A.M. degrees from The University of North Carolina, where he was a member of the Philanthropic Society and of Alpha Theta Phi (later Phi Beta Kappa). Continuing his studies at Harvard, he received the degrees of S.M. in 1897 and Ph.D. in 1899. In 1934 Horne was awarded the honorary LL.D. degree by The University of North Carolina in recognition of his outstanding work in education.

In 1899 Horne became an instructor at Dartmouth College, where he was later promoted to assistant professor and then to professor of philosophy. In 1909 he left Dartmouth to become professor of the history of education and philosophy at New York University. Horne remained on the faculty for thirty-three years, retiring as chairman of the departments of the history of education and the philosophy of education in 1942. During his long career he was often a lecturer at summer conferences for religious education at Blue Ridge, Ga.; Eagles Mere, Pa.; Lake Geneva, Wis.; Silver Bay, N.J.; and Lake Couchiching, Canada. He also taught summer courses at The University of North Carolina, University of California, Dartmouth College, and New York University.

A prolific scholar, Horne wrote numerous articles on philosophy and education in addition to the following books: The Philosophy of Education (1904), Psychological Principles of Education (1906), Idealism in Education (1910), Free Will and Human Responsibility (1912), Leadership of Bible Study Groups (1912), Story-telling, Questioning and Studying (1916), The Teacher as Artist (1917), Jesus Our Standard (1918), Modern Problems as Jesus Saw Them (1918), and Jesus the Master Teacher (1920). He also edited Simple Southern Songs (1917) and Songs of Sentiment (1917).

On 20 Aug. 1901 Horne married Alice Elizabeth Worthington, the daughter of Denison and Julia Munroe Wheeler Worthington. They were the parents of four children: Julia Carolyn, Elizabeth Worthington, William Henry, and Ida Battle. Horne died of a heart attack at his home in Leonia, N.J., and was buried at Clayton, N.C.


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Raleigh News and Observer, 17 Aug. 1946.

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Baumgartner, Pamela Lipscomb, and Johnson, K. Todd Clayton. Charleston, S.C.: Arcadia Publishing, 2008. 45. (accessed October 21, 2013).

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