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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Armstrong, Samuel Chapman, 1839-1893 (search)
Armstrong, Samuel Chapman, 1839-1893 Founder of the Hampton Normal and Industrial Institute; born in Wailuku, Hawaii, in 1839. He was educated in Oahu College, Honolulu, and Williams College (U. S.), where he was graduated in 1862; fought with distinction in the Civil War, and afterwards became interested in the education of poor colored people; and founded Hampton Institute in 1868. After ten years of successful administration, the government arranged to have Indian children admitted in 1878, and since that time the school has successfully taught members of both races. He died in 1893. army
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Hampton Normal and Agricultural Institute, (search)
Hampton Normal and Agricultural Institute, An institution organized by Gen. Samuel C. Armstrong (q. v.) for the education of colored youth, in Hampton, Va. It was opened in 1868, is nonsectarian and co-educational; and now, under an arrangement with the national government, gives instruction to Indian youth as well as colored. The development of the institute is due, in a large pleasure, to the students themselves. Nearly all the buildings have been erected by the students, who also worked out the timber, baked the bricks, and performed other technical work. At the end of 1900 the institute reported eighty professors and instructors, 1,017 students, 1,061 graduates, 11,000 volumes in the library, and $889,500 in productive funds. The president was the Rev. H. B. Frissell, D. D.