He grew in an environment ruled by poverty.
He managed to educate himself in the Franklin town library, and, with tutoring in Latin and Greek from Samuel Barrett.
He was graduated in the 1819 for law,at Brown University.
He settled in Dedham, Mass., and there his legal acumen and oratorical skill soon won him a seat in the state House of Representatives, where he served from 1827 to 1833 he served in the Massachusetts Senate, in 1836 as president of it.
Of the many causes Mann espoused, none was dearer to him than popular education. Nineteenth-century Massachusetts could boast a public school system going back to 1647.
In 1853, having run unsuccessfully for the Massachusetts governorship a year before, he accepted the presidency of Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio, a new institution committed to coeducation, nonsectarianism, and equal opportunity for Negroes.
He die in the 2 August of 1859.
What he have done in his life
In 1837 Mann gave a law practice and a seat in the Massachusetts legislature to become secretary of the newly established Massachusetts State Board of Education.
As secretary he want to change the definition of common school.The term had long applied to one-room. After Mann's work, the tax-supported schools want organized within township units were called common or public schools.
Mann was defeated as a Free Soil Party candidate for governor of Massachusetts. He was president of Antioch College in Yellow Springs from 1853 until his death.
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“Perhaps I do not know what I was made for; but one thing I certainly never was made for, and that is to put principles on and off at the dictation of a party, as a lackey changes his livery at his master's command.”