Biography of Thomas H. Eckfeldt
Bristol County, MA Biographies

Eckfeldt, Thomas Hooper, principal of the New Bedford Friends Academy, was born in Philadelphia, Pa., May 5, 1853. a son of Adam and Sarah M. (Hooper) Eckfeldt. His genealogy is somewhat remarkable from the fact that members of the family have been connected with the United States mint since its establishment. His great grandfather was the first chief coiner of the United States mint at Philadelphia, Pa. Professor Eckfeldt received his preliminary education in the public schools of his native city, and was prepared for college under private tutors. He entered Wesleyan University in 1877 and was graduated A. B. in 1881. In the same year he became assistant principal of the Middletown (Conn.) High School, where he remained two years, and then was for one year employed as a Greek tutor at his alma mater. Following this he went abroad, studying one year in Athens, Greece, and one year in Munich, Germany, and upon his return in the fall of 1886 entered the graduate department of Harvard University, where he remained one year. Professor Eckfeldt came to New Bedford in 1887 to take the principalship of the Friends Academy and has now completed eleven highly successful years at the head of this old institution. He is a man of scholarly attainment and one well adapted to the profession of teaching. In 1896 Harvard conferred the degree. A. M. upon him. He is a member of the American Philological Association; Archaeological Society of America; Association of New England Colleges and Preparatory Schools; Massachusetts Classical and High School Teachers Association; Bristol County Teachers' Association; and the Schoolmasters' Club of Boston. Professor Eckfeldt has been a vestryman in St. Martin's church for a number of years and has been identified with the society since its organization. He married, in June, 1889, Grace P., daughter of Alonzo S. Weed of Newton, Mass., and they have three children: Margaret Weed, Roger Weed and Thomas Hooper Eckfeldt. jr.

Our county and its people
A descriptive and biographical history of
Bristol County, Massachusetts
Prepaired and published under the auspices of
The Fall River News and The Taunton Gasette
With assistance of Hon. Alanson Borden
The Boston History Company, Publishers, 1899.

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