1796 - Was born in Franklin, Massachusetts, on the 4th of May.
1819 - He graduated as valedictorian of his class from Brown University.
1820-1823 - He then studied law for a short time at Wrentham, Massachusetts; was a tutor of Latin and Greek and a librarian at Brown University; studied during at Litchfield Law School (the famous law school conducted by Judge James Gould in Litchfield, Connecticut); and was admitted to the Norfolk, Massachusetts, bar.
1827 - Massachusetts Senate, for the last two years as Senate President.
1837 - He became secretary of the newly created board of education of Massachusetts that he began the work which was soon to place him in the foremost rank of American educationists.
1848 - Resigned the secretaryship to take the seat of former Pres. John Quincy Adams in the United States Congress. There he proved himself to be a fierce enemy of slavery.
1852 - He supported governor Edward Everett in the decision to adopt the Prussian education system in Massachusetts.
1859 - He died on the 2nd of August.
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- "Education alone can conduct us to that enjoyment which is, at once, best in quality and infinite in quantity."
- "A teacher who is attempting to teach without inspiring the pupil with a desire to learn is hammering on a cold iron."
- "It is more difficult, and it calls for higher energies of soul, to live a martyr than to die one."