John Adams (educator)

John Adams (Educator)

John Adams (educator)

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John Adams (September 18, 1772 – April 24, 1863) was an American educator noted for organizing several hundred Sunday schools. His life was celebrated by Dr. Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. in his poem, "The School Boy", which was read at the centennial celebration of Phillips Academy in 1878, thus recalls him:


Early life

Adams was born in 1772 at Canterbury, Connecticut, to Captain John Adams, a farmer of Canterbury and an officer in the American Revolutionary War and Mary Parker, the daughter of Dea. Joshua Parker and Jemima Davenport. He graduated from Yale University in 1795.


John Adams married on May 8, 1798 as his first wife Elizabeth Ripley, with whom he had ten children. She was born on March 12, 1776 and died on February 23, 1829. She was a daughter of Gamaliel Ripley and Judith Perkins and was a great great granddaughter of Governor William Bradford (1590–1657) of the Plymouth Colony and a passenger on the Mayflower.

John Adams married, as his second wife, on August 30, 1831 in Troy, Rensselaer County, New York, Mrs. Mehitable/Mabel Burritt She was born July 19, 1779 in Williamstown, Berkshire County, Massachusetts, and...
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