Title: Collection of Autograph Letters Signed By ...
Binding: No Binding
Book Condition: Collectible-Very Good
Collections of eleven autograph letters signed from the period of 1850 to 1869. Total of 41 pages: from Cleveland, Ohio (6 letters); Lemington, Maine (4 letters); and Hanover, New Hampshire (1 letter). Alanson G. Hopkinson (1823-1896) was an influential figure in public education in Cleveland in the 1850s and 1860s. From South Lemington, Maine, he graduated from Dartmouth in 1851 and began to work in public education and was named superintendent of Ohio City Grammar Schools in 1852. In 1854 when Ohio City and Cleveland merged along with their school system Hopkinson became the principal of Branch High School. He also founded and built West High School where he served as principal until 1870. He both served on the Board of Eduction and the City Council (1858-60) during his teaching profession. Because of health reasons he left public education, but remained in Cleveland becoming successful in the insurance industry. In these letters Hopkinson writes his former Dartmouth classmate Dr. Jacob Butler White (1824-1869) who in the beginning of these letters is living in Cleveland, later moves to Butler, Illinois and retires to Scituate, Rhode Island because of failing health. In the first letter (1850) Hopkinson is a student at Dartmouth and tells Dr. White about what is happening at the school. In the four letters from Lemington, Maine (late 1850s, 1862, 1865, and 1866) Hopkinson is either summering on the East Coast or is there to recover his health. In one letter he asks Dr. White to check on how remodeling on a school is proceeding and in another letter Hopkinson, from Lemington describes an ordeal of school district infighting and teacher layoffs. In the letters from Cleveland (1860, '61, '66, and 1869) Hopkinson tells Dr. White about his work in the school district. but in one he delves into the world of Cleveland medicine as he is collecting bills for Dr. White who has moved to Illinois. The last three of the six letters from Cleveland are much about Dr. White's health and eventual death. Envelopes with canceled stamps are included. All together an interesting look at early public education in Cleveland, Ohio. Bookseller Inventory # 10493
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