Horace Mann

American politician (1796-1859)

Horace Mann (1796-1859) was an educator and politician who helped set up the first public schools in the United States. He did this in the state of Massachusetts. Mann personally visited every school in the state to inspect it. He later became the first president of Antioch College in Ohio. “Our means of education,” he stated, “are the grand machinery by which the ‘raw material’ of human nature can be worked up into inventors and discoverers, into skilled artisans and scientific farmers.”

Horace Mann
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 8th district
In office
April 3, 1848 – March 3, 1853
Preceded byJohn Quincy Adams
Succeeded byTappan Wentworth
Personal details
Born(1796-05-04)May 4, 1796
Franklin, Massachusetts
DiedAugust 2, 1859(1859-08-02) (aged 63)
Yellow Springs, Ohio
Resting placeNorth Burial Ground,
Providence, Rhode Island
Political partyWhig
Free Soil
Spouse(s)Charlotte Messer Mann (d. 1832)
Mary Peabody Mann
RelationsThomas Mann (father)
Rebecca Stanley Mann (mother)
Stephen Mann (Brother)
Louise Mann (Sister)
ChildrenHorace Mann Jr.
George Combe Mann
Benjamin Pickman Mann
Alma materBrown University
Litchfield Law School
College president