Atwater, Caleb

Atwater, Caleb

(1778–1867) educator, archaeologist; born in North Adams, Mass. An Ohio lawyer and legislator, he founded the Ohio state school system and wrote the important Essay on Education (1841). As Ohio's state archaeologist he made the earliest North American archaeological survey (published 1820).
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