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So, in the infinitely nobler battle in which you are engaged against error and wrong, if ever repulsed or stricken down, may you always be solaced and cheered by the exulting cry of triumph over some abuse in Church or State, some vice or folly in society, some false opinion or cruelty or guilt which you have overcome! And I beseech you to treasure up in your hearts these my parting words: Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity.  - Horace Mann
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As quoted in Report of the Superintendent of Public Instruction of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (1881)

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Born: May 4, 1796

Died: August 2, 1859 (aged 63)

Nationality: American

Occupation: Educator, politician

Bio: Horace Mann was an American education reformer. As a politician he served in the Massachusetts House of Representatives from 1827 to 1833. He served in the Massachusetts Senate from 1834 to 1837. In 1848, after serving as Secretary of the Massachusetts State Board of Education since its creation, he was elected to the US House of Representatives.

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