Henry Fairchild

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This article is about the 19th century educator. For American sociologist (1880-1956), see Henry Pratt Fairchild.
Edward Henry Fairchild, portrait by Jane E. Bartlett

Edward Henry Fairchild (1815–1889) was an American educator.

Fairchild was born in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. His father was Grandison Fairchild. When he was a child his family moved to northeast Ohio.

When Oberlin College opened its doors in 1834, Fairchild and his brother, James, entered as freshmen. He graduated in 1838 and continued in the theological course for three years. He served as a pastor in Ohio for 22 years. A member of the antislavery movement, Fairchild was offered the presidency of Berea College in Berea, Kentucky. Berea was a revolutionary college that educated both black and white men and women. Fairchild strongly supported coeducation and the education of blacks. During Fairchild's tenure as president, the physical plant and student body were expanded. Blacks remained about half of the student body.

After his death, this brother, George, who had been president of Kansas State, came to Berea as a professor of English and vice president.

Fairchild's son Charles Grandison Fairchild became a distinguished educator and college president as well. Other children included:

See Reference[edit]

  • "Fairchild, Edward Henry." The National Cyclopaedia of American Biography (1935). 24:263.