Barnas Sears

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Barnas Sears
Barnas Sears 5th President of Brown.jpg
1881 engraving
5th President of Brown University
In office
Preceded by Francis Wayland
Succeeded by Alexis Caswell
Personal details
Born (1802-11-19)November 19, 1802
Sandisfield, Massachusetts, US
Died July 6, 1880(1880-07-06) (aged 77)
Saratoga, New York, US
Resting place Walnut Street Cemetery
Brookline, Massachusetts, US
Nationality American
Alma mater Brown University
Religion Baptist

Barnas Sears (November 19, 1802 – July 6, 1880) graduated from Brown University in 1825. Sears was the general agent of the Peabody Education Fund who was sent to Staunton, Virginia, by George Peabody to offer leadership in Public Education. Sears was General Agent of the fund from 1867 until February 1880. He settled in Staunton because of the easy access to the railroad.

Sears travelled extensively throughout the south promoting Southern education, "free schools for the whole people". Sears "inspired confidence, removed doubts and suspicions, and aroused sympathy" through his warm personality, tact, and intelligence.

"Under his direction the Fund improved the sentiment for education in the South, developed the idea of adequate taxation for public schools, and helped remove the hostility toward Black education."

Sears' house in Staunton

Sears served between 1855 and 1867 as the president of Brown whose Encyclopedia Brunoniana offers a more detailed biography.[1].

His home at Staunton, known as the Sears House, was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1972.[1]


  1. ^ National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 

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Academic offices
Preceded by
Francis Wayland
President of Brown University
Succeeded by
Alexis Caswell