Slafter 1904 Dedham School Address

Photograph of 601-603 High Street in 1892

Carlos Slafter was a Dedham educator from 1847 till 1892. He began his teaching career in Dedham as an instructor at the Second Middle School, later renamed the Dexter School where, during winter breaks from his Dartmouth studies, he taught four consecutive winter terms.

Mann Right to Free Public School

Portrait of Horace Mann

Horace Mann was born in Franklin, Massachusetts in 1796. In his youth he worked long hard hours on the family’s farm and most of his primary education consisted of dull memorization and recitation of sections of textbooks and the Bible in a one-room school house. Nevertheless, Mann learned enough Latin and Greek to be admitted to Brown University as a sophomore where he excelled in studies of ancient literature, oratory, and debating and upon graduation in 1822 he went on to read law with a mentor lawyer in Connecticut.

Womans Rights Foord Stanton

Elizabeth Cady Stanton with two children

A Dedham school teacher, Sophia Foord, participated in many of the social reform movements of the mid-19th century. In the 1840’s she was secretary of William Lloyd Garrison’s Non Resistance Society, who with Hopedale’s Adin Ballou, was a forerunner in the development of the doctrine of non-violent civil disobedience, profoundly influencing Tolstoy, Gandhi. and Martin Luther King Jr.

Slavery Missouri Compromise Dowse Papers

Excerpt from Dowse Missouri Compromise document

Edward Dowse was born in Charlestown in 1756 into a family engaged in the carrying trade between the American colonies and Great Britain. At the end of the Revolutionary War, Captain Edward Dowse helped establish trade routes to China and the East Indies for a U.S. mercantile community banned from commerce with the British Caribbean, as well as the England.

Deed 1680 Indigenous Peoples

Deed 1680 Indigenous Peoples

Changes to the Massachusetts Bay Charter in the 1680s forced English settlers to confirm that they had purchased all Indian title to the land within their town borders from Indigenous title holders.

Davis Abolitionist

Photo of Eunice Ames Davis

Eunice Russ Ames Davis was the most famous resident of Dedham during the first decade of the twentieth century. Newspapers throughout North America published her biography often in honor of her birthday during the last decades of the nineteenth century into the first decade of the twentieth century.