Henry Barnard was born in Hartford, Connecticut on January 24, 1811 and died there on July 5, 1900. He attended Yale, studying law but had little interest in practicing it. He was elected to the General Assembly in 1837 where he participated in debates over the funding of public education. Barnard introduced the first legislation for free education and created the Connecticut Board of Common Schools. In 1850, Barnard became the state's superintendent of schools and in 1867, he was named the first United States commissioner of education.

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