Horace Mann was an American educational reformer and Whig politician known for his commitment to promoting public education. In 1848, after public service as Secretary of the Massachusetts State Board of Education, Mann was elected to the United States House of Representatives. From September 1852 to his death, he served as President of Antioch College. About Mann's intellectual progressivism, the historian Ellwood P. Cubberley said: No one did more than he to establish in the minds of the American people the conception that education should be universal, non-sectarian, free, and that its aims should be social efficiency, civic virtue, and character, rather than mere learning or the advancement of sectarian ends. Arguing that universal public education was the best way to turn unruly American children into disciplined, judicious republican citizens, Mann won widespread approval from modernizers, especially in the Whig Party, for building public schools.
|Born||May 4, 1796, Franklin, Massachusetts, U.S.|
|Died||August 2, 1859, Yellow Springs, Ohio, U.S.|
|Resting place||North Burial Ground, Providence, Rhode Island, U.S.|
|Spouse(s)||Charlotte Messer Mann (d. 1832), Mary Peabody Mann|
|Alma mater||Brown University, Litchfield Law School|
|Occupation||Lawyer, Educator, College president|
Whig politician who was an ardent opponent of slavery in the US Congress from 1848 to 1853. He is known as the Father of the Common School Movement, due to his advocacy of education and public schools.
At age 20 he enrolled at Brown University, and graduated as valedictorian of his class in 1819.
He also served in the Massachusetts House of Representatives from 1827 to 1833, and the Massachusetts Senate from 1834 to 1847.
He married Charlotte Messer in 1830 but she died shortly after.
His brother-in-law was The Scarlet Letter author Nathaniel Hawthorne.
- Presidents of Antioch College
- Antioch College
- Massachusetts Free Soilers
- Democratic education
- Litchfield Law School alumni
- Presidents of the Massachusetts Senate
- Hall of Fame for Great Americans inductees
- Massachusetts Whigs
- American educational theorists
- American Unitarians
- 19th-century American educators
- Members of the United States House of Representatives from Massachusetts
- Whig Party members of the United States House of Representatives
- American abolitionists
Latest information about Horace Mann updated on May 10 2021.