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Horace Mann

Artist
Thomas A. Carew, active 1843 - 1860
Sitter
Horace Mann, 4 May 1796 - 2 Aug 1859
Date
1852
Type
Sculpture
Medium
Plaster
Dimensions
With Socle: 70.5 x 47 x 25.4cm (27 3/4 x 18 1/2 x 10")
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Object number
NPG.78.33
Exhibition Label
"Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory of humanity," Horace Mann told the graduating class at Antioch College, just months before his own death. Mann's greatest victories had been achieved during his years as secretary of the Massachusetts Board of Education (1837-48), when he revolutionized a faltering school system by improving the curriculum, persuading the legislature to appropriate more money for salaries and buildings, and establishing the country's first teacher-training institutions. Free public education, Mann proclaimed, was essential, at a time of increased immigration and expanding democracy, to the good order and prosperity of society.
Provenance
(C. G. Sloan & Co., February 17, 1978), Washington, DC; purchased NPG 1978
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
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