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 Francis Wayland Parker

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Francis Wayland Parker

  • Birth 9 Oct 1837 Bedford, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, USA
  • Death 2 Mar 1902 Pass Christian, Harrison County, Mississippi, USA
  • Burial Manchester, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, USA
  • Memorial ID 8388447

Civil War Union Officer, Educator. A pioneer in reform and methods of teaching for school teachers, he taught a structured curriculum to student teachers and held administrative positions overseeing the teaching in Dayton, Ohio; Quincy and Boston, Massachusetts; and Chicago, Illinois. He authored five books on the subject. The famous philosopher, John Dewey, called him the "father of progressive education." Today, schools in Boston, Chicago, and San Diego, California are name after Parker. As a soldier, he joined the Union Army in August 1861 as a Private. He was elected to 1st Lieutenant of Company E, 4th New Hampshire Volunteer Infantry, and was later promoted to Captain and commander of the company. He was wounded at the Battle of Deep Bottom, Virginia, in August 1864, and was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel and commander of the 4th New Hampshire, in January 1865, after the attack on Fort Fisher, North Carolina. He was captured and held prisoner in North Carolina in May 1865. For his services he received a brevet of Colonel, US Volunteers for "faithful and meritorious service". Two veterans groups were named in his honor, Parker Veterans Association and Parker Veterans Group after the war. In poor health, doctors sent him south to the warm climate when he past at age 64. His ashes were returned to New Hampshire in May 1902, for burial well attended by veterans, teachers, and students.

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  • Originally Created by: Bruce
  • Added: 15 Feb 2004
  • Find A Grave Memorial 8388447
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Francis Wayland Parker (9 Oct 1837–2 Mar 1902), Find A Grave Memorial no. 8388447, citing Piscataquog Cemetery, Manchester, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .