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Wednesday, November 14, 2007

1890 Advertisement for Taft's School for Boys in Pelham Manor

One of the nation’s premier college preparatory schools, The Taft School (now located in Watertown, Connecticut), began in Pelham Manor in 1890. Horace Dutton Taft founded the institution. Taft was a brother of William Howard Taft who served as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States and, in 1909, became the nation’s 27th President. After only three school years in Pelham Manor, Mr. Taft’s School moved to Watertown, Connecticut where it is located today. For those interested in reading more about the early history of The Taft School in the Village of Pelham Manor, see Bell, Blake A., The Taft School in Pelham Manor, The Pelham Weekly, Vol. XIII, No. 23, Jun. 4, 2004, p. 12, col. 1.

Given the short time the Taft School for Boys was located in Pelham Manor, I have seen very few advertisements for the school. Below, however, is a the text of a very brief advertisement published in Autumn, 1890, followed by a citation to its source. Given its brevity I include it here only because it indicates the charges for tuition and for tuition and board during the first year the school was in operation.

"PELHAM MANOR, Westchester Co. -- Taft's School for Boys; tuition $200 a year; board and tuition $600. Horace D. Taft."

Source: The Forum Extra. A Periodical of Short Studies of Living Problems, Vol. 1, No. 8, p. 53 (NY, NY: July, 1890) (Special Educational Number Containing A University at Washington, By Andrew D. White Formerly President of Cornell University, and Education in Boyhood by President Timothy Dwight of Yale University, and A Descriptive List of Colleges and Schools of High Character).

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