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Elliot Whipple

Elliot Whipple, son of Ira and Phidelia (Davis) Whipple, was born September 11, 1842, at St. Johnsbury, Vermont. He received his preparatory education at the Academies in Colebrook and Orford, New Hampshire, and entered college at the beginning of Freshman Fall term, August 24, 1860. 

Immediately after graduating, he went to South Dartmouth, Massachusetts, as Principal of a private Academy, remaining there for a year and a half. From 1866 to 1867, he was Principal of the High School at Fairhaven, Massachusetts. During four months in the Summer of 1867, he was employed by the Freedmen's Bureau, in the Department of Education, being stationed at Lafayette, Alabama.   In the Fall of 1867, he went to Wheaton, Illinois, and became Principal of the Preparatory Department of Wheaton College, which position he occupied until 1869, when he was elected Tutor of Natural Science and Latin.

After one year's service in this capacity, he was elected, in June, 1870, to the Professorship of Natural Science in the same institution, where  he continued until August, 1872. He then accepted the situation as Professor of Mathematics in Westfield College, Illinois, where he remained one year. He spent the Summer of 1873 at Penikese Island, as a student with the late Prof. Louis Agassiz. In the Fall of 1873, he became Principal of the Academy at Bunker Hill, Illinois, where he remained two years. In 1875 he returned to Westfield College, as Professor of Natural  Science, which position he occupied until the Fall of 1878. He then went to Mishawaka, Indiana, where he was Superintendent of Schools for one year. In 1879 he returned to the East, and became Principal of the McGaw Normal Institute at Reed's Ferry, New Hampshire, which position he occupies at the present time. He has been very successful as a teacher, and the number of pupils in his present school is more than double what it was when he took charge of it.

He received the degree of Master of Arts in regular course. In 1878 he published a work entitled "Analysis of Animals.'' He was President of the Merrimac Valley Teachers' Association during the years 1880-2. He was elected Treasurer of the New Hampshire State Teachers' Association in 1878, to serve five years, and at the thirteenth annual session of that Association, which was held at Concord, New Hampshire, October 20 and 21, 1883, he was reelected. At this session, he was also the presiding officer.  He is a member of the Congregational church. In politics, he is an Independent Republican.

He was married August 27, 1863, to Miss Samantha B. Johnson, of Stratford, New Hampshire. They have two children: Harlan Woodbury, born October 8, 1865, and Maud, born April 6, 1869.

Source:  "Memorialia of the Class of '64 in Dartmouth College" compiled by John C. Webster, Shepard & Johnston, Printers, 1884, Chicago 

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