April 16, 1857

Henry Smith Pritchett is born on a farm in Fayette. His father was a brilliant professor and college president, Carr Walter Pritchett, who was director of the Morrison Observatory. Henry was educated at Pritchett College (named after his family) in Glasgow, Missouri, then later at the US Naval Observatory as an astronomer. He was also president of Massachusetts Institute of Technology and was the first president of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

Based upon content from the book Missouri 365: This Day in Missouri History by John W. Brown, broadcaster and Missouri historian. Get your copy at Reedy Press.

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