Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Son Of Mann

Boston Daily Globe May 4, 1896

Horace Mann's Son.

George C. Mann Has for Nearly 20 Years Been a School Principal.

It is fitting that the West Roxbury high school, Jamaica Plain, should especially observe the birthday of Horace Mann.

For nearly 20 years its principal has been Mr George C. Mann, son of him whom all the schools honor today.

Following in the path of his illustrious father, his mind turned to the educational field, and it is but the truth to say that few surpass him as an educator. His extreme modesty alone has kept him from attaining a fame as great as his father's.

The school over which he has presided for so many years is proud, not alone of their principal for the honored name he bears, but for the high worth of the man himself.

To have had the chance to study under him is a privilege which all the graduates of the school are proud to acknowledge.

At present Mr Mann is in Europe, where he had been spending his year's leave of absence. His assistant, Mr Geo. F. Partridge, has had charge of the school this year.

Mr Mann was born in Boston in 1845. His mind leaned toward the practice of law. He graduated from Harvard in the class of 67. After studying law four years he was admitted to the bar in 1871.

Owing to his poor health he was obliged to give up the practice of his profession, and as a relaxation from his work Mr Mann made a voyage to Sicily.

The interest that the father had shown in educational matters began to be manifested in the son, and returning to Cambridge in 1873 he began teaching, which has been his profession ever since.

In 1878 he was appointed principal of the West Roxbury high school, and has remained with the school up to the present time.

He has been an enthusiastic member of the Appalachian mountain club for several years, and was president in 1890. He is also trustee of Milton academy and trustee of public reservations.

In 1891 he edited a new edition of the "Life and Works of Horace Mann," in five volumes.

A brother, Mr B.P. Mann, is in one of the departments in Washington.

A bust of Horace Mann was given to the school by one of the graduating classes a few years ago.

The exercises today will commence about noon. Mrs Julia Ward Howe will make an address and one or two speakers of national fame are expected to speak.

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