Andover Teacher's Seminary

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The Andover Teacher's Seminary was established using an unrestricted bequest from William Phillips II. A progressive institution for it's time, it was only the second teacher training program in the United States. It featured chemistry and physics laboratories and a library of 805 volumes.

Samuel Read Hall, the first principal, is credited with developing respected educational philosophies, as well as inventing the first blackboard and eraser.

Frederick Law Olmstead was a student here.

Due to lack of continuing funding the school closed its doors in 1842.

Andover Teacher's Seminary.


  • "The preacher behind Andover Teachers Seminar," Andover Townsman, April 9, 2015, p. 15.
  • "Andover Teachers Seminary: A Short-Lived Lesson Ahead of its Time. Andover Townsman, March 2, 2015, page 19.

--Eleanor (talk) 14:33, 12 February 2016 (EST)

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