M.H. Sherman


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Moses Hazeltine Sherman (b. 1853 - d. 1962) was born in Bennington County, Vermont. At an early age, Sherman decided to become a schoolteacher like his father and obtained a teaching certificate and gained professional experience in New York and Wisconsin. He contracted tuberculosis (TB) and moved to the warm climate of Arizona Territory in 1874, where he accepted a teaching position in Prescott. Sherman established the Prescott Free Academy in 1876 where his sister, Lucy, was hired as a second teacher. This school was the first one in Arizona to house different rooms for each grade. In 1879, Governor John C. Fremont appointed Sherman to the position of Superintendent of Public Instruction for the territory. In addition to being a renowned educator, Sherman had a business career in mining, real estate, and banking.


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