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Boonville in Cooper County, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Frederick T. Kemper

1816 - 1881

 
 
Frederick T. Kemper Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., April 11, 2011
1. Frederick T. Kemper Marker
Inscription.
Frederick Thomas Kemper, pioneering Missouri educator and founder of Kemper Military School in Boonville, was born at Madison Courthouse, Virginia. After graduating from Marion College in Palmyra, Missouri, he came to Boonville in 1844 and opened his first boarding school for young boys, the new Boonville Male Academy. For the next ten years the school grew in enrollment and went through several name changes until he settled on the name Kemper Family School in 1854. In that year he married Susan Holten Taylor, a teacher in a local school for girls, with whom he had eleven children. In 1856 Kemper accepted a position at Westminster College in Fulton where he remained for the next five years. With the impending Civil War he returned to Boonville and reopened his school. In the 1873-74 school year a military flavor was introduced for the first time with the adoption of a cadet-gray uniform in the West Point style. The school continued to grow in both enrollment and physical size up to the time of Kemper's death on March 9, 1881, at which time the reins of the school were handed over to one of his former students, T.A. Johnston. Kemper and his family are buried in Walnut Grove Cemetery in Boonville. During Kemper's lifetime he was an advocate of strict family discipline and Christian morality along with the rigorous regimen of a classical
Frederick T. Kemper Bust and Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., April 11, 2011
2. Frederick T. Kemper Bust and Marker
educational curriculum. His motto was "Not to make mere scholars, but to make men."

Dedication: June 24, 2006

Sculptor: Kwan Wu
 
Erected 2006.
 
Location. 38° 58.596′ N, 92° 44.68′ W. Marker is in Boonville, Missouri, in Cooper County. Marker is on Morgan Street near Main Street (U.S. 40), on the left when traveling east. Click for map. Monument is in Morgan Street Park. Marker is in this post office area: Boonville MO 65233, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. George Caleb Bingham (here, next to this marker); Hannah Allison Cole (a few steps from this marker); Walter Williams (a few steps from this marker); James Milton Turner (a few steps from this marker); David Barton (within shouting distance of this marker); Capture of Boonville (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Cooper County Korea - Vietnam War Memorial (about 300 feet away); Cooper County World War Memorial (about 300 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Boonville.
 
Also see . . .
1. Kemper Military School. (Submitted on August 10, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Kemper Military School Admin Building. (Submitted on August 10, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Frederick T. Kemper Bust image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., April 11, 2011
3. Frederick T. Kemper Bust

3. Kemper Military School Alumni. (Submitted on August 10, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. Boonville History. (Submitted on August 10, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
5. The Life of Professor F. T. Kemper. (Submitted on August 10, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
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Morgan Street Park image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr.
4. Morgan Street Park
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 516 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.   4. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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