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Horace Mann

Definition: Famous educator who formed the first state board of education in the U.S., in Massachusetts in the 1830s. He was a champion of free public schools and campaigned to make going to school required. He also did a great deal to inform the public at large about the benefits of and the need for education. His Common-School Journal was read by thousands of people all over the country. He also served in Congress and was the first president of Antioch College, in Yellow Springs, Ohio.

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