CHARLES NORTHEND, NEW BRITAIN: Author and Educator.
Charles Northend was born in Newbury, Mass., April 2, 1814. His preparatory education was under the charge of that
accomplished and efficient instructor, N. Cleaveland, Esq., who for about twenty years was principal of Dummer
Academy, located in the immediate vicinity of Mr. Northend's paternal home. At the age of sixteen Mr. Northend
entered Amherst College, where he spent two years, and from which he received, the honorary degree of A.M. On leaving
college he engaged in teaching, first as assistant at Drummer Academy, and subsequently in Danvers and Salem, Mass.
After nearly twenty years of experience in the work of the school room in these two places, he was balled to the
superintendency of the schools of the former place, a position he held for three years, when he accepted a position
as assistant to the state superintendent of schools of Connecticut. In this situation he spent about eleven years,
during which time he had principal charge of the state teachers' institutes, and for nearly ten years the chief
editorial charge of the Connecticut Common School Journal. For two successive years he was called to assist in
conducting institutes in the state of Maine, working in nine different counties. He has also assisted at institutes
in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York, Pennsylvania, and Vermont.
In a historical address on Dummer Academy, printed in 1865, in speaking of Mr. Northend, the author says: "
During these busy years he has found time, not only for the editing of an educational journal and the preparing
and publishing of several school books, but also to attend about a hundred and fifty teachers' institutes, lasting
generally four or five days, and fifty or more of them under his direction. For eight years he was superintendent
of schools of New Britain and for twenty years a member of its school committee, making in all nearly forty five
consecutive years in the work of education.
Mr. Northend was for many years an active member of the two oldest educational associations of our country, the
American Institute of Instruction and the Essex County Teachers' Association. Of both of these institutions he
was elected president. His works on education, " The Teacher and Parent" and "The Teachers' Assistant,"
have passed through several editions, and have had an extensive sale. Of the former the North American Review said:
" There probably lives not the teacher or parent to whom this book might not furnish suggestions worthy his
diligent heed and profound gratitude."
Mr. Northend is a member of the First Congregational church of New Britain. Politically he is a republican. Early
in life he was married to Miss Lucy A. Moody, who died some years ago. He remains a widower. Two sons have survived
Illustrated Popular Biography
Compiled and Published by J. A. Spalding
Press of the Case, Lockwood & Brainard Co.
Hartford, Conn. 1891
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