Letter from S. S. Sherman
|Samuel Sterling Sherman was born on
November 24, 1815 and grew up on his family’s farm in Bennington Co.
VT. He attended Middlebury College where he studied Latin, Greek,
Philosophy, and Mathematics. By teaching in a district school he was
able to earn money to help pay for the majority of his education. In
1838, at the invitation of Dr. Basil Manly, a prominent Baptist
minister and President at the University of Alabama, Sherman
accepted an appointment as a tutor at the University of Alabama. In
November of 1841, the Baptist State Convention met in Talladega.
James H. DeVotie offered the convention the use of a building in
Marion for the establishment of a male college. At the suggestion of
Milo P. Jewett, Sherman was asked to take charge of the school.
Howard opened its doors on January 3, 1842 with nine students listed
in the first week’s matriculation records. By the end of the first
session in June 1842, thirty-one students had attended classes at
Howard. Sherman resigned his post in June of 1852 and moved to
LaGrange, GA. stating that “an increasing family had higher claims
on me.” Samuel Sterling Sherman died in Chicago in November of 1914.
University of Ala. Dec 5th, 1841.
Rev. J. H. DeVotie,
I received on
the 4th inst., a letter from Mr. Jewett, stating
that he had been requested by you, as Chair man on the Com. of the Board of Trustees,
to offer me jointly with Mr. E. W. Sherman
the gratuitous use of a building for the purpose of offering an English and Classical School,
Prepatory to the College contemplated at
Marion. He also adds that, an immediate
decision is necessary.
It would have been agreeable for me
to have had a longer time for reflection,
inquiry, and especially to have communicated more particularly with my friend.
Mr. S. But as I understand that he is
willing to engage in the undertaking
with me, I very cheerfully accept the
offer of your Board.
Should Mr. S. not find it convenient to join me at the beginning of the
year. I am willing to command and to
continue alone, until he can join me,
or other arrangements be made.
I shall be ready to command the school
on the first Monday of January, or at any other
time the Board may direct. Please inform me when it will be necessary
for me to be in M. And whatever else you may deam it proper for me to know
before leaving Tuskaloosa.
Your obt. Servant.
S. S. Sherman