Albert Taylor Bledsoe


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Albert Taylor Bledsoe was born on 9 November 1809 in Frankfort, Kentucky. After graduating from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1830, he served at Fort Gibson on the frontier in the Seventh US Infantry, but in 1832 he resigned his commission. He taught mathematics and French at Kenyon College in 1833–4, and then was professor of mathematics at Miami University in 1834–5. During these years he studied law and theology and was ordained in the Episcopal Church in 1835, but growing doctrinal disagreements over baptismal regeneration sent him in the direction of practicing law instead of the ministry. From 1838 to 1848 he maintained a law practice in Springfield, Illinois. He never lost his primary interest in theology and philosophy, publishing his first book, An Examination of President Edwards’ Inquiry into the Freedom of the Will in 1845. In 1848 he accepted a position as professor of mathematics and astronomy at the University of Mississippi, and in 1854 became professor of mathematics at the University of Virginia.


From The Dictionary of Modern American Philosophers in Oxford Reference.

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