Phrenological chart of John Osterhout [Digital Version]

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Stokes, Sylvanus, Professor, Phrenological chart of John Osterhout (undated, possibly 1900?)

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Title: Phrenological chart of John Osterhout [Digital Version]
Alternate Title: Phrenological Developments of John P. Osterhout
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Author: Stokes, Sylvanus, Professor
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Publisher: Rice University, Houston, Texas
Publication date: 2010-06-07
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Provenance: A majority of the papers were purchased by Rice University from Mrs. Ora Osterhout Wade in 1958 and a second group of records arrived in October 1962. The collection register of John P. Osterhout was added to the collection in October 1965 as a gift from Herbert Herrick Fletcher. And in November 1992, Harry Yeager donated the book History of the Roberts Family to add to the collection.
Description: A Phrenological chart, detailing the various elements such as temperment, intellect, etc… - a popular method, in the 19th century, of reading "bumps" on the head.
Source(s): Stokes, Sylvanus, Professor, Phrenological chart of John Osterhout (undated, possibly 1900?)
Source Identifier: Osterhout Family Papers, MS 355, Box 2 folder 10, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University. Contact info:
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  • Osterhaut, Paul, 1859-1944
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The following Chart shows the relative powers of the Phrenological
Developments of John P. Osterhout
as inferred by Prof. Sylvanus Stokes.

The developments are all marked in a scale of seven. The figure 7 shows it very
large, 6 large, 5 full, 4 average, 3 moderate, 2 small, and 1 very small. The sign plus,
(+) indicates that the development is a little larger than the figure shows; and minus (-)
that it is a little less.


Size of - - - - 3

Activity, - - - - 5


Amativeness: Sexual love. 5+ or 6-

Philoprogenitiveness: Parental love, Filial
love, and love of pets in general. 6-

Union for Life: desire to marry, conjugal
love. 6-

Inhabitiveness: Love of home, Patriotism. 6-

Adhesiveness: Friendship, love of friends,
and desire to associate. 5+

Concentrativeness: Power of Mental application. 2-

Combativeness: Love of contention. 3-

Vitativeness: Love of life, dread of death. 5

Destructiveness: Revenge, executiveness,
anger. 4

Alimentiveness: Love of food and drink. 4-

Secretiveness: Power to conceal ones thoughts,
feelings, opinions and intentions. 3

Acquisitiveness: Desire to make and save
money and property. 4-

Selfish Sentiments.

Approbativeness: Love of an honest name,
desire for glory, love of praise. 7-

Self-esteem: Self-respect, dignity, self-confidence. 2

Cautiousness: Fear of physical danger, fear
of doing wrong, caution. 7-

Firmness: Power of will, resolution, perseverance. 7+

Moral and Religious Sentiments.

Veneration: Reverance for God, respect for
superiors. 6

Conscientiousness: Sense of justice, integrity. 7-

Hope: Desire, with the expectation of receiving
future gooe. 4+ or 5-

Marvelousness: Spirituality, faith in wonders. 4+

Benevolence: Good-will, kindness, sympathy,
pity, gratitude. 6

Semi-intellectual Faculties.

Constructiveness: Power to construct, mechanical
inginuity. 4+ or 5-

Tune: Love of music. 5

Time: Sense of its lapse, memory of dates. 5

Ideality: Sense of the beautiful, sense of
propriety, love of poetry and oratory. 6-

Sublimity: Love of the grand, sense of the
sublime. 6-

Imitation: Power to imitate. 6

Human Nature: Judgment of human charter. 6+

Suavity: Agreeableness of manners. 6

Intellectual Faculties.

Individuality; Power to observe objects in
general. 5

Eventuality; Notice and memory of events,
love of history. 5

Locality; Power to locate places and study
Geography, love of traveling. 5

Form; Perception of forms, faces & distances. 5

Size; Perception and memory of sizes. 2

Weight; Sense of gravity, judgment of
weights. 6

Color; Perception and memory of colors, 4

Order; Love of arrngement, "A place for
every thing, and every thing in its place." 6

Calculation; Power to count and remember
numbers, and calculate Arithmetically, 5+

Language; Power to express our thoughts,
and feelings by the use of words. 3

Causality; Power to reason from cause to
effect, Love of investigation. 6-

Comparison; Power to reason by analogy, 6

Mirthfulness; power to manufacture jokes, 6


Sanguine. - - - - 4-

Bilious, - - - - 3

Nervous, - - - - 6-

Lymphatic, - - - - 1

CHARGES.—Charts, $2. Examinations, half price. A reduction will be made when whole
families are charted.

[Annotator's Note: You may be a lawyer, Physician, Minister, Merchant
or Mechanic. Your consort should have
a very even Head and retreating Forehead]

Rice University
Date: 2010-06-07
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