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Horace Mann Fast Facts
Birthday ***, 1796
Place of Birth Franklin, Massachusetts
Death day August 2, 1859 (63 years old)
Zodiac Sign Taurus
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Horace Mann

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.

BornMay 4, 1796, Franklin, Massachusetts, U.S.
DiedAugust 2, 1859, Yellow Springs, Ohio, U.S.
Resting placeNorth Burial Ground, Providence, Rhode Island, U.S.
Political partyWhig
Spouse(s)Charlotte Messer Mann (d. 1832), Mary Peabody Mann
Alma materBrown University, Litchfield Law School
OccupationLawyer, Educator, College president

About Horace Mann

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.

Horace Mann before fame

At age 20 he enrolled at Brown University, and graduated as valedictorian of his class in 1819.

Achievement of Horace Mann

He also served in the Massachusetts House of Representatives from 1827 to 1833, and the Massachusetts Senate from 1834 to 1847.

Horace Mann family life

He married Charlotte Messer in 1830 but she died shortly after.

Associations of Horace Mann

His brother-in-law was The Scarlet Letter author Nathaniel Hawthorne.

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  • Presidents of Antioch College
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  • 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

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