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Henry Barnard
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Birth: Jan. 24, 1811
Death: Jul. 5, 1900

Educator. Graduated Yale in 1836, becoming a lawyer. He was elected to the General Assembly in 1837 (Whig party), where he introduced legislation meant to aid the deaf, blind, and "insane." This activism soon brought him to focus on improving public education in America, which he believed was essential to keeping Americans able to self-govern.

Barnard founded/edited several educational journals, established the first teachers' institute, and became Rhode Island's first Education Commissioner. He served as State Superintendent of education in Connecticut, as well. He was, in 1867, appointed the first Commissioner of Education of the United States.

Barnard went on to serve as Chancellor of University of Wisconsin (Madison) and President of St. John's College in Annapolis, Maryland.
He was ranked one of the foremost education reformers of his time. 
 
Burial:
Cedar Hill Cemetery
Hartford
Hartford County
Connecticut, USA
 
Maintained by: Russ Dodge
Originally Created by: K
Record added: Aug 15, 2002
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Henry Barnard
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Henry Barnard
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In memory.
-Anonymous
 Added: May. 19, 2007

- C
 Added: Mar. 10, 2006
Thanks for sharing your knowledge with your community. Rest in peace.
-Anonymous
 Added: Aug. 15, 2005
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