By Paul K. Conkin
This present day George Peabody university is part of Vanderbilt college, because it has been considering that its merger in 1979. Its earlier background used to be wealthy and complicated. during this booklet, Paul Conkin, writer of the award-winning background of Vanderbilt, long gone with the Ivy, tells the tale of Peabody's many lives, of its successes and screw ups, and of its many colourful leaders and professors. all of it begun as a small frontier academy in 1785. The establishment that may develop into Peabody skilled its first reinvention twenty years later because it grew to become Cumberland collage, after which, in 1826, the collage of Nashville. The college maintained an elite undergraduate collage until eventually 1850, and, regardless of the luck of its clinical institution and an army institute, it failed in 3 next efforts to restart its undergraduate program. In 1875 the collage provided its campus and degree-granting authority to the 1st common institution within the nation of Tennessee, a college funded by means of the Peabody schooling Fund. The Peabody general university was once the easiest within the South, and, as such, exerted a tremendous impact on schooling within the area. a brand new period started in 1909. The trustees of the Peabody Fund, at its liquidation, supplied an eventual $1.5 million to set up a graduate-level George Peabody university for lecturers. It opened for periods in 1914, on its current campus, the place it fast turned the ideal lecturers' collage within the South. As used to be the case with many inner most, self reliant associations, Peabody confronted intermittent monetary struggles, which ultimately ended with its union with Vanderbilt. this present day Peabody is, by way of nearly any standards, one of many 5 - 6 most powerful faculties of schooling within the usa.
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Succeeding Craighead as president was another Presbyterian minister, James Priestley, who completed his college work at Liberty Hall in the Valley of Virginia but did not earn a degree. He had taught in, or headed, numerous academies before taking the position in Nashville. Felix Grundy, later a senator from Tennessee, had taken courses with him in an academy in Bardstown, Kentucky, and probably helped lure him to Nashville. Priestley was a rather eccentric man, somber and stern but with flashes of brilliance.
Typical of those influenced by the Scottish philosophy and by Locke, he stressed that humans had no innate skills or knowledge. Children were plastic, open to shaping influences. Any degree of intellectual excellence, any strong character, depended on education, and thus on those who supervised and trained youth. As he put it, even a child of the great Francis Bacon, if not educated, would end up as much a savage as the rudest Hottentot of Africa. Lindsley had read all he could find about educational theories.
He had taught in, or headed, numerous academies before taking the position in Nashville. Felix Grundy, later a senator from Tennessee, had taken courses with him in an academy in Bardstown, Kentucky, and probably helped lure him to Nashville. Priestley was a rather eccentric man, somber and stern but with flashes of brilliance. He did not have the talent for raising enough funds, or luring enough students, to make the college solvent. He carried on a running battle with the state Peabody College legislature because of its failure to sell the federal land and thus provide an endowment for his college.