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JOURNAL OF THE PROCEEDINGS
National Teachers’ Association,
WASHINGTON, D. C., AUGUST 10, 11, AND 12, 1859;
CONSTITUTION OF THE ASSOCIATION.
Hall of the Smithsonian Institution,
WASHINGTON, D. C., Aug. 10, 1859. The Association met at 9 o'clock a. m., and was called to order by the President, A. J. Rickoff, Esq., of Cincinnati, Ohio.
Rev. Dr. Samson, President of Columbian College, Washington, D. C., having been introduced by the President, offered an appropriate and impressive prayer.
Z. Richards, Esq., of Washington, introduced to the Association his Honor J. G. Berret, Mayor of Washington, who, in an eloquent address, dilated on the general educational interests of the country, and the character of the teachers.
His Honor concluded by giving the Association a hearty welcome to the hospitalities of the city.
S. Yorke AtLee, Esq., was next introduced, on behalf of the Board of Education of the city, and gave a cordial greeting to the Association, expressing great interest in its objects, and sympathy and co-operation in its labors. He also gave an interesting account of the rise, progress, and present condition of the educational interests of the city.
The President responded to the welcome of his Honor the Mayor, and the greeting of Mr. AtLee, thanking them for their cordial reception and interest in the Association so heartily tendered.
The President then gave his Inaugural Address. In this he reviewed the educational systems and institutions of the country, showed the necessity of reforms and the importance of new appliances, in order to initiate these and perfect the work for the whole country. He also made other important suggestions, and clearly stated the business that should occupy the time of the Association, and defined the sphere of its operations.
On motion of Mr. Valentine, of New York, the reading of the minutes of the last meeting was dispensed with, as they had been published and distributed by the Association.
Mr. Valentine offered the following resolution:
Resolved, That a committee of three be appointed to consider the propriety of establishing a periodical, under the direction and patronage of the Association, which shall serve as a medium for the diffusion of educational intelligence throughout the country; and that the committee be requested to report on the subject as soon as possible, so that action may be taken during this meeting. The resolution was adopted.
The chair appointed on this committee, Messrs. Valentine, Roberts of Pennsylvania, and Z. Richards, of Washington, D. C.
On motion of Mr. Cruikshank, of New York, the Constitution of the Association was read.
On motion of Mr. Wight, of the city of Washington, D. C., Messrs. W. McCathran and A. C. Richards, both of Washington, were appointed Local Secretaries, to enrol the names of delegates, receive the applications for membership of those who wish to join the Association, and to engross rail-road certificates.
Mr. Wm. E. Sheldon, of Mass., moved the appointment of a committee for the nomination of officers for the ensuing year, and that said committee report to morrow a. m. The resolution was adopted, and the following gentlemen appointed on the committee: Messrs. Sheldon of Mass., Read of Wisconsin, Taylor of Delaware, Pennell of Missouri, and Wight of the District of Columbia.
Mr. Z. Richards moved that committees be appointed on the several subjects suggested in the President's Address. Resolution adopted.
On motion of Mr. Sheldon, the Association took a recess of fifteen minutes.
After the recess the Association was called to order, when, on motion of Mr. Sheldon, it was
Resolved, That persons present who are not members of the Association may become so by applying to the Local Secretaries and conforming to the rules on membership
Mr. Cruikshank offered the following resolution :
Resolved, That a committee of three be appointed to prepare a system of ByLaws and Rules of Order for the government of the Association, and that the committee report the same at the first session of the next annual meeting.
The resolution was adopted, and the Chair appointed the following gentlemen on the committee: Messrs. Cruikshank and Greenleaf, of New York, and D. B. Hagar, of Mass.
Mr. Valentine offered the following resolution :
Resolved, That a committee of three be appointed to confer with the Hon. the Secretary of the Interior, to ascertain what additional statistics in relation to the subject of education are desirable and feasible to obtain by means of the approaching National Census.
The resolution having been discussed by Messrs. Valentine, McJilton of Maryland, Smith of Indiana, Z. Richards and Dennis, of the District of Columbia, and Roberts of Pennsylvania, was adopted. The committee on the above, Messrs. Read of Wisconsin, McJilton of Maryland, and Starke of Missouri.
On motion of Rev. Dr. McJilton, it was resolved that a committee of three be appointed to memorialize Congress in relation to the establishment of a National Agency, through which the educational statistics of the several States and Territories may be employed and distributed through the country. The committee on this resolution is the same as on the preceding
The President presented a list of the names of several persons who
had been accepted by the Board of Directors and recommended to membership in the Association. The persons thus nominated were admitted.
A recess of five minutes was now taken, after which the Association was called to order, and the President introduced Professor Read, of the Wisconsin State University, who delivered an interesting lecture on “ The Importance of Civil Polity as a Branch of Popular Education.” The address of Prof. R. was full of sound instruction, and was received with marked attention.
On motion of Rev. Dr. Wines, the thanks of the Association were presented to Mr. Read for his able and interesting lecture, and a copy requested for publication.
Prof. Read, in appropriate terms and feeling manner, announced the death of the Hon. Horace Mann, lat a member of this Association, and moved that a committee of five be appointed to prepare and
present resolutions expressive of the life, character, and death of Mr. Mann.
This resolution was discussed by Messrs. Read, McJilton, Greenleaf, Duncan of Ohio, Wight, and E. Smith of Conn. The resolution was adopted, and the following committee appointed : Messrs. Greenleaf, McJilton, Read, Pennell, and Valentine.
The Association then adjourned till 73 o'clock in the evening.
Evening Session. The Association met according to adjournment, the President in the chair. The meeting having been called to order, the following committees on subjects suggested by the President's Address were appointed.
Committee on Common Things: Messrs. Stuart, Bulkley, and Nestlerode, of Iowa.
Committee on the Appointment of Cadets : Messrs. Read, Duncan, and Sheldon.
Committee on Pedagogy: Messrs. E. Smith, Greenleaf, and J. Hancock of Ohio.
Committee on Reformatory Schools: Messrs. Read, Duncan, and Partridge of New York.
Mr. Valentine, from the Committee on Resolutions on the death of Mr. Mann, submitted the following preamble and resolutions :
Whereas intelligence has been received of the death of the Hon. Horace Mann, late President of Antioch College, and a member of this body: Therefore,
Resolved, That by this affliction the cause of education generally, and the world at large, have lost a friend whose distinguished efforts in the cause of human improvement entitle him to the lasting remembrance of every lover of his race.
Resolved, That by his persistent and untiring labors for the advancement of education in this country, his zeal and enthusiasm in the great work of imparting instruction, his readiness to co-operate in enterprises of reform and philanthropy, not less than by his brilliant talents, great learning, and high moral qualities, the name of Horace Mann is sacredly embalmed in the memory of all those who were associated with him, and all who love the great cause in which his life was so devotedly spent.
Resolved, That as members of this Association, we shall ever cherish a lively recollection of the interest which our departed friend took in the welfare and