Friday, September 16, 2011

Francis Wayland (1796-1865)

Francis Wayland was the President of Brown University from 1827 to 1855. Wayland was also the first president of the American Institute of Instruction in 1830.

He played a significant part in the creation of the school system of Providence, Rhode Island. Wayland was a graduate of Union College and Harvard University.

He was the author of Elements of Moral Science, 1835; Elements of Political Economy, 1837; Thoughts on the Present Collegiate System in the United States, 1842; and A Memoir of the Life of the Rev. Adoniram Judson, D.D., 1842.

Francis Wayland a well-known American clergyman who proclaimed:

“That the truths of the Bible have the power of awakening an intense moral feeling in every human being; that they make bad men good, and send a pulse of healthful feeling through all the domestic, civil, and social realms;”
“that they teach men to love right, and hate wrong, and seek each other's welfare as children of a common parent; that they control the baleful passions of the heart, and thus make men proficient in self government;”
“and finally that they teach man to aspire after conformity to a Being of infinite holiness, and fill him with hopes more purifying exalted, and suited to his nature than any other book the world has ever known – these are facts as incontrovertible as the laws of philosophy, or the demonstrations of mathematics.”

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