Education: At Andover

One day in the spring of 1778, after George Washington had moved his troops out of Valley Forge, that noble eccentrician, Governor John Hancock, put his bold signature on the last bill passed by the Provincial Court of Massachusetts. The bill gave young Samuel Phillips Jr. the right to open a school for boys at Andover, Mass. Horseman Paul Revere designed a silver seal (finis origine pendet) for the school; and 13 boys began to study under Eliphat Pearson, whom they dubbed "Elephant." In 1789, President George Washington came to Andover to make...