Ithaca in Gratiot County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Henry R. Pattengill
Henry R. Pattengill (1852-1918) was Michigan superintendent of public instruction from 1893 to 1897. As a textbook author, an orator and editor of Moderator-Topics, a journal for educators, he shaped Michigan's education system. He championed the creation of rural district libraries, free textbooks, compulsory attendance and teacher certification. Running as a Progressive, he lost his bid for governor in 1914.
Henry R. Pattengill began his career as the superintendent of St. Louis schools, and later of Ithaca schools. His experiences in rural Michigan education led him to advocate for its improvement during his tenure as Michigan Superintendent of public instruction. In 1924 his formal pupils and admirers donated 510 stones from around the world to construct this monument as a memorial to their beloved teacher, colleague and friend.
Erected 2011 by Michigan Historical Commission-Michigan Historical Center. (Marker Number L2224.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Michigan Historical Commission marker series.
Location. 43° 17.508′ N, 84° 36.542′ W. Marker is in Ithaca, Michigan, in Gratiot County. Marker Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 171 West Center Street, Ithaca MI 48847, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Henry Romain Pattengill (here, next to this marker); Jackson - Weller House (within shouting distance of this marker); Gratiot County (approx. 0.2 miles away); Alma College (approx. 6.8 miles away); Site of Old Main (approx. 6.8 miles away); Site of Folsom Hall (approx. 6.8 miles away); Michigan Masonic Home (approx. 7.2 miles away).
Categories. • Education •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 17, 2015, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 145 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on December 17, 2015, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.