Educator. Born in Massachusetts, he was an educator and a statesman who greatly advanced the cause of universal, free, non-sectarian public schools. After graduation in 1819, he taught, studied law and entered politics, serving in the State Assembly 1827 to 1837. He was the first secretary to Massachusetts Commission to improve education and was the founding President of Antioch College, Ohio, serving from 1853 to until his death. He died in Yellow Springs, Ohio. He was buried for nearly two years on the grounds of Antioch College but he had expressed a wish to be buried by the side of his first wife in Providence. This wish was complied with without ceremony and in the quickest possible manner. He was transferred the first week of July 1861.
Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith