Horace Mann

May 4, 1796
August 2, 1859
Home Town:
Franklin, MA
Later Residences:
Dedham, MA
Boston, MA
Yellow Springs, OH
Charlotte Messer Mann (September 12, 1830)
Mary Peabody Mann (May 1, 1843)
Biographical Notes:
Horace Mann was born in Franklin, Massachusetts in 1796. He was educated at Brown University before he attended the Litchfield Law School in 1822. Mann was admitted to the bar in Dedham, Massachusetts in 1823 where he began practicing law.

Ten years later he began a four year term as a State Senator. As a Senator, Horace Mann became increasingly interested in social issues. He supported legislation to prohibit the sale of alcohol and lottery tickets, and to support the creation of state hospitals for the insane. Mann was instrumental in leading Massachusetts to form the first state board of education.

Horace Mann’s interest in the standard of educational practices led him to give up law and his role in the Senate. He was appointed as the Secretary of the Massachusetts State ...

Years at LLS:
Other Education:
Attended Brown University in 1819.

Profession / Service
Lawyer; Political Office; Educator
Admitted To Bar:
Norfolk in 1823
Training with Other Lawyers:
After studying at the Litchfield Law School he became a student with Hon. J.J. Fiske of Wrentham, MA.
Political Party:
Whig; Free-Soil
Federal Posts:
U.S. Representative (MA) 1848-1853
State Posts:
State Representative (MA) 1827-1833
State Senator (MA) 1833-1837
State Committees:
President of the State Senate from 1835-1837. Commissioner for the revision of the MA statures in 1835. Served as secretary to the Board of Education of MA from 1837-1848.

Related Objects and Documents
In the Ledger:
help The Citation of Attendance provides primary source documentation of the student’s attendance at the Litchfield Female Academy and/or the Litchfield Law School. If a citation is absent, the student is thought to have attended but currently lacks primary source confirmation.

Records for the schools were sporadic, especially in the formative years of both institutions. If instructors kept comprehensive records for the Litchfield Female Academy or the Litchfield Law School, they do not survive. Researchers and staff have identified students through letters, diaries, family histories and genealogies, and town histories as well as catalogues of students printed in various years. Art and needlework have provided further identification of Female Academy Students, and Litchfield County Bar records document a number of Law School students. The history of both schools and the identification of the students who attended them owe credit to the early 20th century research and documentation efforts of Emily Noyes Vanderpoel and Samuel Fisher, and the late 20th century research and documentation efforts of Lynne Templeton Brickley and the Litchfield Historical Society staff.
Litchfield Eagle, October 7, 1822 and October 6, 1823.

Catalogue of the Litchfield Law School Hartford, CT: Press of Case, Tiffany and Company, 1849.

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