Tuesday, February 8, 2011

John Witherspoon, America's Most Influential Teacher was a Presbyterian Minister

Some have called John Witherspoon the most influential teacher in the history of American education. Born in Scotland, a Presbyterian minister, President of Princeton University and a signer of the Declaration of Independence.

He believed and taught the right of people to self-govern and the supreme dignity of man.

His students included:

1 President, James Madison

1 Vice-President, Aaron Burr

3 Supreme Court Judges

5 Cabinet Members

12 State Governors

29 U.S. Representatives

56 State Legislators

5 Signers of the Declaration of Independence

9 Delegates to the Constitutional Convention

31 Revolutionary army officers

100+ ministers

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