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Berge, A. John (ed.) / The Wisconsin alumnus
Volume 41, Number 2 (Feb. 1940)

Kellogg, Louise Phelps
The University of Wisconsin: its history and its presidents,   pp. 115-121


Page 116


ist    school w hich
he so' loathed that he
planned to 'run aw .ay
to sea-. His father,
overhearing the plot,
o:ffered him a choice
between the sea and a
Massachusetts acade-
my. Young Henry ac-
cepted the latter and
was as happy there-
in as he had been
miserable before.
After the academy
came Yale College,
where he graduated
at nineteen with high
honors. After teach-
ing one year, a pro-
fession which he did
not like, he studied
law   as did  most
young New England-
ers.  But again he
found his tastes un-r,
satisfied  and his
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   reer  He advocated stongly the stateIs
   purchase of school librait
   was his research in thaibough
   him into contact withth   "graHey
   Barnard,"i Philadelphia          friend
   iGeorge W. Childs calledJ.
   , Lossing of New -York oered Draper just
   after his election an intruion  o   on.
   Eenry Barnard.   Draper and te other,
S  members of the, committei eaeosse
>~by the hope that they mihinestimn
   the educational needs oWis    in   hey
   approached the Normalegents   t   prp
   osition to share his timeantoferhmn
   adequate salary of $3,00  whichhe Uni
   versity would pay $1,750aya     n   h
   Normal regents the rete
   board had been' createdin15,weth
   legislature votedr to dev
   profit of, swamp lands sl  oNra      n
   struction.
     Who was the man whose services were
   so hopefully sought by W1cni     dct
   ors? Henry Barnard wasat this .tie
   the prime of lif e, forty-svnyar.fae
   with unusual experience  duationa mat-
   ters  His birthplace wCon
   necticut, where he lived in an ancestral
   home throughout his en'    e      earli-
         estes andoo perap tlca
         _14 ~ ~ ~         him  Beso A.J.- -:_
   The Wisconsin' AIumnu;;
father offered him a Wanderjahr, a trip
abroad of indefinite length.
  During this period of travel young Barn-
ard first became interested in education. He
not only met such literary lights as Words-
worth and Carlyle, but he visited Pestalozzi
in Switzerland and came. in contact with
some of Froebel's disciples. Upon his re-
turn to Connecticut, he was elected with-
out his knowledge to the legislature. Once
there he introduced a model school bill, and
when it became a law he was pressed into
service to put it into execution.
  Thereafter for five years he devoted his
great ability to up-building and improv-
ing the school system of Connecticut. Then
came a change of party politics, his school
law was repealed and Barnard thought his
work was ruined. He himself accepted a
call to Rhode Island, and during, the seven
years following revolutionized, the entire
school system of that state. While in Provi-
dence he made a trip West in 1846, visiting
the principal cities. At Detroit a Yale
classmate insisted on taking Barnard to a
weddling, saying he~ would 'see the prettiest
bridesmaid in the state. This was Jose-
phine Desnoyers, of Detroit, tile youngest
daughter of Pierre Desnoyer, an emigre of
                    the" French Revolu-
fell victim to her
charms, and- returned
in a few months to
marry the beautiful
bridesmaid. It speaks
much for the broad-
minded   nature  of
both that this was an
exceptionally happy
marriage. She was a
Roman Catholic and
he a Puritan, but in
their home for fifty
years there was har-
mony. They had five
children, to  whom
Dr. Barnard was de-
voted. It is much to
be regretted that
Mrs. Barnard never
came to live in Madi-
son to exercise her
charm in the social
BA
llor,
                    life of the young
*Rs-Ao              University.
HENRY
1858-60
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