Jean Frederick Oberlin

Alsatian pastor and philanthropist

Jean Frederick Oberlin (August 31, 1740 – June 1, 1826) was an Alsatian educator who established schools in poor communities in France.

German stamp, 1954

In the early 19th century, he was honored in the name of Oberlin College, which is an American liberal arts school in Ohio.[1]

In the mid-20th century, Oberlin University in Machida, Tokyo was named after him.[2]


  1. Oberlin College, "History"; retrieved 2012-3-19.
  2. J.F. Oberlin University, "Our Mission" Archived 2007-02-07 at the Wayback Machine; retrieved 2012-3-19.

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