George W. Minns
George Washington Minns (October 6, 1813 in Boston, Massachusetts – January 14, 1895 in Brookline, Massachusetts) and graduated from Harvard College with the class of 1836 and received a law degree from the Howard Dane Law School of Harvard. He practiced law in Massachusetts for several years before moving to California. After the Gold Rush caused the collapse of his law practice and Minns lost all of his savings, he became a teacher at the Union Grammar School, the first California high school, and became principal of the Normal School the following year. He was an American teacher, notable for running the Minns Evening Normal School, which was established in San Francisco, California, in 1857 in order to train teachers for the city's public school system. His normal school, named the California State Normal School, was the first publicly funded institution of higher learning in the state. George Minns was principal of the school from 1857-1862 and 1865-1866. The California State Normal School was transferred to the State of California in 1862, and is now known as San José State University.
- 1841 - Admitted to the Suffolk County bar.
- 1854 - Arrived in California after sailing around Cape Horn aboard the clipper ship Winged Arrow.
- 1855 - Practiced law in San Francisco, California.
- 1857-1862 - Principal of Minns Evening Normal School, the predecessor of the California State Normal School, which, in turn, became San José State University, a campus of the California State University system.
- June, 1865-June, 1866 - Returns to principal of the California State Normal School.
- "SJSU Presidents". San Jose State University.
- A short biographical sketch of George W. Minns.
- A brief historiographical list of Minns' accomplishments
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