Charles Kingsley
Charles Kingsley

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Name: Charles Kingsley
Occupation: Writer
Gender: Male
Birth Day: June 12, 1819
Death Date: 23 January 1875(1875-01-23) (aged 55)
Eversley, Hampshire, England
Age: Aged 55
Birth Place: Holne, Devon, England, British
Zodiac Sign: Cancer

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Charles Kingsley

Charles Kingsley was born on June 12, 1819 in Holne, Devon, England, British (55 years old). Charles Kingsley is a Writer, zodiac sign: Cancer. Find out Charles Kingsleynet worth 2020, salary 2020 detail bellow.

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As per our current Database, Charles Kingsley died on 23 January 1875(1875-01-23) (aged 55)
Eversley, Hampshire, England.

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Charles Kingsley's childhood was spent in Clovelly, Devon, where his father was Curate in 1826–1832 and Rector in 1832–1836, and at Barnack, Northamptonshire. He was educated at Bristol Grammar School and Helston Grammar School before studying at King's College London and the University of Cambridge. Charles entered Magdalene College, Cambridge, in 1838, and graduated in 1842. He chose to pursue priesthood in the Anglican Church. In 1844 he became Rector of Eversley in Hampshire. In 1859 he was appointed chaplain to Queen Victoria. In 1860, he became Regius Professor of Modern History at the University of Cambridge, and in 1861 a private tutor to the Prince of Wales.


Kingsley coined the term pteridomania in his 1855 book Glaucus, or the Wonders of the Shore.


Kingsley received letters from Thomas Huxley in 1860 and later, in 1863, received letters discussing Huxley's early ideas on agnosticism.


Kingsley sat on the 1866 Edward Eyre Defence Committee along with Thomas Carlyle, John Ruskin, Charles Dickens, John Tyndall, and Alfred Tennyson, where he supported Jamaican Governor Edward Eyre's brutal suppression of the Morant Bay Rebellion against the Jamaica Committee.


In 1869 Kingsley resigned his Cambridge professorship and in 1870–1873 served as a canon of Chester Cathedral. While there, he founded the Chester Society for Natural Science, Literature and Art, which was prominent in the establishment of the Grosvenor Museum. In 1872 he agreed to become the 19th President of the Birmingham and Midland Institute. In 1873 he was made a canon of Westminster Abbey.


Charles Kingsley died of pneumonia on 23 January 1875 at Eversley, Hampshire, aged 55. He was buried there in St. Mary's Churchyard.


One of his daughters, Mary St Leger Kingsley, became known as a novelist under the pseudonym "Lucas Malet". Kingsley's biography, written by his widow in 1877, was entitled Charles Kingsley, his Letters and Memories of his Life.


Charles Kingsley's novel Westward Ho! led to the founding of a village by the same name (the only place name in England with an exclamation mark) and inspired the construction of the Bideford, Westward Ho! and Appledore Railway. A hotel in Westward Ho! was named after and opened by him. A hotel which was opened in 1897 in Bloomsbury, London, and named after Kingsley was founded by teetotallers, who admired Kingsley for his political views and his ideas on social reform. It still exists as The Kingsley by Thistle.


In 1905 the composer Cyril Rootham wrote a musical setting of Kingsley's poem Andromeda. This was performed at the Bristol Music Festival in 1908. Like Kingsley, Rootham had been educated at Bristol Grammar School.


Kingsley's concern for social reform is illustrated in his classic, The Water-Babies, A Fairy Tale for a Land Baby (1863), a tale about a boy chimney sweep, which retained its popularity well into the 20th century. The story mentions the main protagonists in the scientific debate over human origins, rearranging his earlier satire as the "great hippopotamus test". The book won a Lewis Carroll Shelf Award in 1963.

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