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PAGE, David Perkins, educator, born in Epping, New Hampshire, 4 July, 1810; died in Albany, New York, 1 January, 1848. He was brought up on a farm, and with difficulty persuaded his father to allow him to attend Hampton academy in order to fit himself for the profession of teaching. At the age of eighteen he opened a private school in Newbury, and three years later he was made principal of the English department in Newburyport high-school. When the New York legislature decided on establishing a state normal school at Albany in 1844, Mr. Page was chosen, on the recommendation of Horace Mann, to be its first principal. A school for the training of teachers was then regarded in New York as a doubtful experiment, ' but under his management it was successful from the beginning. He was a frequent speaker at teachers' institutes, and did much to spread professional enthusiasm and a knowledge of the higher principles of pedagogics. He expounded his views in a volume entitled "Theory and Practice of Teaching, or the Motives of Good School-Keeping" (New York, 1847), which has remained an authoritative treatise on the subject. A new edition (1886), edited by William H. Payne, professor of the science and art of teaching in Michigan university, contains a biographical preface. Mr. Page was the author also of an "Elementary Chart of Vocal Sounds" (1847).
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