Isaac Newton Carleton

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Isaac N. Carleton (10 June 1832 – 8 August 1902) was an educator. He taught at Phillips Academy and was the principal of State Normal School in New Britain, Connecticut for twelve years. He was the founder of Carleton School for Boys in Bradford, Massachusetts. He was the President of the American Institute of Instruction for two years.

Youth and Education

Carleton was born in Bradford (now part of Haverhill), Massachusetts on 10 June 1832 to Isaac Carleton and Mary Richardson Carleton. He attended Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts 1852 to 1855. He completed his BA at Dartmouth College in 1859.


Carleton married Laura Tenney Carleton 8 August 1860 in Hartford, Vermont. They raised four children, Grace, Clara, Walter and Theodore. Grace married Forrest F. Dryden, son of New Jersey Senator John F. Dryden. Walter was one of the three founding directors of NEC Corporation, the first Japanese joint venture with foreign capital. Theodore attended Yale University (Day, pg 251).


He went back to Phillips Academy to teach Latin and Greek from 1859 to 1863. He was principal at Peabody High School in 1864. In 1865, Carleton was an associate principle for a Young Ladies Seminary in Lexington, Massachusetts. He was the acting principal of the State Normal School (now Central Connecticut State University) in New Britain, Connecticut during the summer session of 1866. He was the principal of a Ladies Seminary in South Malden (Now known as Everett)...
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