Biography of Frederick Augustus Vogt


Vogt, Frederick Augustus, was born in Buffalo, N. Y., of Alsatian parentage, on the 24th of March, 1860, and was educated in the public schools of his native city. He was graduated from the Buffalo High School with honors in 1881, receiving the Jesse Ketchum gold medal for high standing. The death of his father during his senior year caused him to abandon the idea of pursuing a course in college and in September, 1881, he became principal of the newly opened public school No. 9. In 1883 he was promoted to the principalship of public school No. 26, which position he held nine years, when he was made professor of English history and literature in the Buffalo High School. Henry P. Emerson, then principal of that school, was soon afterward elected superintendent of education, and one of his first official acts was to appoint Mr. Vogt to the principalship of that institution, which he still holds. Mr. Vogt is a successful teacher, an excellent administrator, and a man of broad culture and high attainments. As principal of the Buffalo High School he has given special attention to art by introducing to the students numerous casts from antique sculptures, paintings by local artists, etc. He has also delivered many lectures on the natural sciences outside of his school work, such as free courses on geology and botany before the Field Club, a branch of which he was one of the founders. In 1897 he began his Saturday morning travel talks in the High School assembly room, which became popular at once, and which dealt with history, science and geography, being illustrated with stereopticon views. Since then Mr. Vogt has also delivered half the stereopticon lectures in the free Saturday evening popular course begun at the Central High School. Meanwhile he has been steadily carrying on his own studies in the classics, Hebrew, natural science, and the higher mathematics. He is a member of several social, scientific, and literary societies.

Our County and its people
A descriptive work on Erie County, New York
Edited by: Truman C. White
The Boston History Company, Publishes 1898


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