The New International Encyclopædia/Adams, John (teacher)

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ADAMS, John (1772-1863). An American teacher. He was born in Connecticut, graduated at Yale, 1795, and after teaching for fifteen years in secondary schools in New Jersey and his native State, became principal of Phillips Academy, Andover, Mass. That place he filled for twenty-three years, resigning in 1833. Beside having built up one of the historic schools of New England, Dr. Adams is remembered as the schoolmaster of Oliver Wendell Holmes, and the subject of the lines:

“Uneasy lie the heads of all that rule —
His most of all whose kingdom is a school.”

Consult: M. E. B. and H. G. B., The Story of John Adams, a New England Schoolmaster (1900).