Frederick Grimke Edit Profile
Frederick graduated from Yale University at age 19, studied law in South Carolina, and practiced in that state before moving to Chillicothe, Ohio in 1818.
Frederick would later drop the accent from this last name. From 1820 to 1836, Grimke was President Judge of the Court of Common Pleas. In 1836, he was elected a Judge on the Ohio Supreme Court.
Throughout this time he wrote essays for the Scioto Gazette (Chillicothe) and Ohio State Journal (Columbus). In 1842, literary and philosophical studies became an obsession, and he resigned from the Supreme Court. In 1846, the 544 page Considerations upon the Nature and Tendency of Free Institutions was published.
Before he died during the American Civil War, he directed that one copy be delivered to the Federal Government, and one to the Confederate Government. He also published Essay on Ancient and Modern Literature, where he came out firmly in favor of the modern over the Classics. Grimke died March 8, 1863 at his bachelor quarters at the Madeira House in Chillicothe, and it was said that when he was moved from there to the grave, not one woman followed his remains to his resting place.
He was interred at Grandview Cemetery (Chillicothe, Ohio).
The historian Richard Hofstadter has described it as deserving "a place among the more important books of nineteenth-century political speculation," for its analysis of two-party political conflict.
Elected a member of the American Antiquarian Society in 1836.