Ralph Wheelock

The Incipit to Matthew from the Book of Lindisfarne, an Insular masterpiece

English Puritan minister, American colonial public official, and educator.

- Ralph Wheelock
The Incipit to Matthew from the Book of Lindisfarne, an Insular masterpiece

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Dedham, Massachusetts

Town in and the county seat of Norfolk County, Massachusetts, United States.

Town in and the county seat of Norfolk County, Massachusetts, United States.

The Town of Dedham's flag
The former First Church of Christ, Scientist building in Dedham.
Mill Pond Park

Its first schoolmaster, Rev. Ralph Wheelock, a Clare College graduate, was paid 20 pounds annually to instruct the youth of the community.

Medfield, Massachusetts

Town in Norfolk County, Massachusetts, United States.

Town in Norfolk County, Massachusetts, United States.

The Pool, Medfield, 1889, by Dennis Miller Bunker. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
One of many abandoned buildings on the grounds of the former Medfield State Hospital
Main Street

Among the first 20 men to make the move were Ralph Wheelock, Thomas Mason, Thomas Wright, John Samuel Morse and his son Daniel, John Frary, Sr., Joseph Clark, Sr., John Ellis, Thomas Ellis, Henry Smith, Robert Hinsdale, Timothy Dwight, James Allen, Henry Glover, Isaac Genere, and Samuel Bullen.

Portrait by Joseph Steward

Eleazar Wheelock

American Congregational minister, orator, and educator in Lebanon, Connecticut, for 35 years before founding Dartmouth College in New Hampshire.

American Congregational minister, orator, and educator in Lebanon, Connecticut, for 35 years before founding Dartmouth College in New Hampshire.

Portrait by Joseph Steward

He is the great-grandson of the first teacher of the first free school in the United States (see Dedham, Massachusetts), the Rev. Ralph Wheelock.

First Church and Parish, Dedham MA

First Church and Parish in Dedham

Unitarian Universalist congregation in Dedham, Massachusetts.

Unitarian Universalist congregation in Dedham, Massachusetts.

First Church and Parish, Dedham MA
The First Church of Dedham and church green.
Gravestone of Rev. Benjamin H. Bailey at Brookdale Cemetery

Once the doctrinal base was agreed upon, 10 men were selected by John Allin, assisted by Ralph Wheelock, to seek out the "pillars" or "living stones" upon which the congregation would be based.

Public education expenditure as a share of GDP and of total public expenditure, countries below both benchmarks, 2017 or most recent year

State school

State schools (in England, Wales, Australia and New Zealand) or public schools (Scottish English and North American English) are generally primary or secondary schools that educate all children without charge.

State schools (in England, Wales, Australia and New Zealand) or public schools (Scottish English and North American English) are generally primary or secondary schools that educate all children without charge.

Public education expenditure as a share of GDP and of total public expenditure, countries below both benchmarks, 2017 or most recent year
Chio Min Secondary School (government-sponsored schools) in Kulim, Kedah, Malaysia.
La Sorbonne
One of the schools in France
A school in Germany
School named after Goethe
More modern school in Germany
Cheadle Hulme High School is an 11–18 mixed coeducational secondary school and sixth form with academy status.
Sutton Grammar School is a selective grammar school for boys aged 11–18 with a coeducational sixth form.
Pediment above entrance showing name of Mearns Street Public School, built for Greenock Burgh School Board.
Old Scona High School in Edmonton, Alberta.
Secondary School in the pampas city of Bragado. Argentina's secondary schools belong to a provincial system.
Stone plaque marking the site of the first public school in America in Dedham, Massachusetts
The Seward School, Seattle, Washington.

The first free public school in America was the Syms-Eaton Academy (1634) in Hampton, Virginia, and the first tax-supported public school in America was in Dedham, Massachusetts, founded by Rev. Ralph Wheelock.

Henry Kissinger places his hand on a Hebrew Bible as he takes the oath of office as Secretary of State, 1973.

Dedham Covenant

Covenant that governed the early settlement of Dedham, Massachusetts.

Covenant that governed the early settlement of Dedham, Massachusetts.

Henry Kissinger places his hand on a Hebrew Bible as he takes the oath of office as Secretary of State, 1973.

Five signers of the covenant, John Allen, Thomas Carter, Timothy Dalton, Samuel Morse, and Ralph Wheelock, were university graduates.

The Fairbanks House is the oldest timber frame house in North America.

History of Dedham, Massachusetts, 1635–1699

The history of Dedham, Massachusetts, 1635–1699, begins with the first settlers' arrival in 1635 and runs to the end of the 17th century.

The history of Dedham, Massachusetts, 1635–1699, begins with the first settlers' arrival in 1635 and runs to the end of the 17th century.

The Fairbanks House is the oldest timber frame house in North America.
The first taxpayer-funded public school in the United States was in Dedham.

Once the doctrinal base was agreed upon, 10 men were selected by John Allin, assisted by Ralph Wheelock, to seek out the "pillars" or "living stones" upon which the congregation would be based.

Francis White (bishop)

Francis White (c.

Francis White (c.

Among many, White ordained Ralph Wheelock, Clare College graduate, and first schoolmaster of America's first free school in Dedham, Massachusetts, on 6 May 1630.

Wheelock, in front of A Lady Writing a Letter painted by Johannes Vermeer, at the National Gallery of Art.

Arthur K. Wheelock Jr.

American art historian, who served as Curator of Northern Baroque Paintings at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. until retiring in 2018.

American art historian, who served as Curator of Northern Baroque Paintings at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. until retiring in 2018.

Wheelock, in front of A Lady Writing a Letter painted by Johannes Vermeer, at the National Gallery of Art.

His father's side is descendant from Ralph Wheelock, attributed to be the forerunner of founding public education in the United States.

Lt. Simeon Wheelock House, built circa 1765, Now Deborah Wheelock Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, Uxbridge, Massachusetts

Simeon Wheelock

Blacksmith from Uxbridge, Massachusetts, who served as a minuteman in the Massachusetts militia during the battles of Lexington and Concord in the American Revolutionary War.

Blacksmith from Uxbridge, Massachusetts, who served as a minuteman in the Massachusetts militia during the battles of Lexington and Concord in the American Revolutionary War.

Lt. Simeon Wheelock House, built circa 1765, Now Deborah Wheelock Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, Uxbridge, Massachusetts
Simon Wheelock House in 2013

Simeon was a great-great grandson of Rev. Ralph Wheelock.