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Henry Coppée

Henry Coppée
Born October 13, 1821 (1821-10-13)
Savannah, Georgia, U.S.
Died Did not recognize date. Try slightly modifying the date in the first parameter. (aged 73)
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Nationality United States
Ethnicity French
Occupation Educator, Author

Henry Coppée (13 October 1821 – 22 March 1895) was an American educator and author.


  • Biography 1
  • Selected works 2
  • Notes 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


Henry Coppée was born in Haiti. He studied at Yale University for two years, worked as a civil engineer, and finally graduated from the West Point in 1845. He served in the Mexican–American War as a lieutenant and was brevetted captain for gallantry at the battles of Contreras and Churubusco.[1] During the American Civil War, he edited the United States Service Magazine.

Coppée was professor of English at West Point from 1850 to 1855 (when he resigned from the army), and then professor of English literature and history in the University of Pennsylvania from 1855 to 1866. He was selected by Asa Packer as the first president of Lehigh University, an office he filled from 1866 to 1875. He also served as the university's president pro tempore twice: for a few months following the resignation of Lehigh's second President John M. Leavitt (1880), and again, at the passing of Robert A. Lamberton in September 1893 to his own death in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania on March 22, 1895.[2][3]

Lehigh University's Coppee Hall (built in 1883) was named for him; it was first a gymnasium, later the home of the Department of Arts and Science, and now is home to the Journalism and Communication program. During Coppée's tenure, much building was done on the new campus. A Moravian church on Packer Avenue was remodeled into Christmas Hall, a house for the president was erected, and Packer Hall, the university center, was built. Coppée lectured in history, logic, rhetoric, political economy and Shakespeare.

Selected works

  • Elements of Logic; Designed as a Manual of Instruction (Philadelphia: E.H. Butler & Co., 1858)
  • Elements of Rhetoric; Designed as a Manual of Instruction (Philadelphia: E.H. Butler & Co., 1859)
  • Gallery of Famous English and American Poets (Philadelphia: E.H. Butler & Co., 1859)
  • A Gallery of Distinguished English and American Female Poets (Philadelphia: E.H. Butler & Co., 1860)
  • The Field Manual for Battalion Drill (Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott & Co., 1862)
  • Grant and His Campaigns: A Military Biography (New York: Charles B. Richardson, 1866)
  • Elements of Logic; Designed as a Manual of Instruction, Revised Edition (New York: American Book Company, 1872)
  • A History of the Civil War in America (Philadelphia: Porter and Coates, 1875)
  • History of the Conquest of Spain by the Arab-Moors (Boston: Little, Brown, & Company, 1881)
  • General Thomas (New York: D. Appleton & Co., 1893)


  1. ^ Chamberlain, Joshua Lawrence (1901). Universities and Their Sons: University of Pennsylvania. Boston: R. Herndon Company. pp. 334–335. Retrieved 10 February 2015. 
  2. ^ Yates, Willard Ross (1992). Lehigh University: A History of Education in Engineering, Business, and the Human Condition. Bethlehem: Lehigh University Press. pp. 31–32. Retrieved 10 February 2015. 
  3. ^ Yates, W.Ross (1992).  



External links

  • Works by Henry Coppée at Project Gutenberg
  • Works by or about Henry Coppée at Internet Archive
  • Henry Coppée Letters. Available online through Lehigh University's I Remain: A Digital Archive of Letters, Manuscripts, and Ephemera.
Preceded by
President of Lehigh University
Succeeded by
John McDowell Leavitt
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