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If any man seeks for greatness, let him forget greatness and ask for truth, and he will find both.






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Horace Mann
Horace Mann
  • Born: May 4, 1796
  • Died: August 2, 1859
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Lawyer, Educator, College President

Horace Mann was an American educational reformer inspired by the work of the Whig dedicated to promoting public education. A central theme of his life was that "it is the law of our nature to desire happiness. This law is not local, but universal; not temporary, but eternal. It is not a law to be proved by exceptions, for it knows no exception." He served in the Massachusetts State legislature (1827–1837). In 1848, after public service as Secretary of the Massachusetts State Board of Education, Mann was elected to the United States House of Representatives (1848–1853). From September 1852 to his death, he served as President of Antioch College.

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