Bicknell, Thomas Williams, 1834-1925

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Thomas Williams Bicknell (1834-1925) was a figure long influential in New England educational circles. After being educated at Thetford Academy, Amherst College, and Brown University (M.A., 1860), Bicknell became a principal in Bristol, R.I. (1860-1864; 1867-1869), also serving in Providence (1864-1867). In 1869, he was named State Commissioner of Public Schools, which post he held until 1874. He became active in the American Institute of Instruction and was named editor of the _New England Journal of Education_. He also edited _The Leader_ (Boston, 1875-1904) and became active in the National Education Association, of which he was elected president in 1883.

Bicknell was a staunch Republican and Unionist, interested not only in educational reforms, but temperance, conservation, and other reforms as well. He was an active Congregationalist especially interested in religious education. He was also an active genealogist.

From the description of Papers, c. 1855-1924. (American Antiquarian Society). WorldCat record id: 191259165

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referencedIn Tooker, William Wallace, 1848-1917. William Wallace Tooker papers, [18--]-1917. Cornell University Library
referencedIn Smithsonian Institution. Office of the Secretary. Correspondence, 1863-1879 Smithsonian Institution Archives
referencedIn William Wallace Tooker papers, [18--]-1917. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.
referencedIn Century Company records, 1870-1924 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn Smithsonian Institution. Office of the Secretary. Correspondence, 1865-1891 Smithsonian Institution Archives
creatorOf Bicknell, Thomas William, 1834-. Barrington; boyhood memories, 1919, Sept. 6. Brown University, John Hay Library
creatorOf Bicknell, Thomas Williams, 1834-1925. Papers, c. 1855-1924. Gadsden Public Library
referencedIn Barnard, Henry, 1811-1900. Papers, 1765-1935 (bulk 1830-1899) Fales Library & Special Collections
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associatedWith Barnard, Henry, 1811-1900 person
correspondedWith Century Company corporateBody
correspondedWith Dellenbaugh, Frederick Samuel, 1853-1935 person
correspondedWith Henry, Joseph, 1797-1878 person
associatedWith National Education Association of the United States. corporateBody
associatedWith Tooker, William Wallace, 1848-1917. person
associatedWith William Wallace, Tooker 1848-1917. person
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Boston (Mass.)
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Bristol (R.I. : Town)
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Birth 1834-09-06

Death 1925



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