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BROOKS, Edward, educator, born in Stony Point, Rockland County, New York, 16 January, 1831. When fifteen years old he removed, with his father, to Sullivan County, New York, where he learned a trade, but occupied his leisure moments in study. At this time he formed the habit of noting down and classifying important facts or thoughts, in which way he not only mastered the common-school branches, but many of the higher ones, becoming also expert in composition. His career as a teacher began with a singing-school held in a barn. He afterward taught a commort school for six months, studied for one session in the normal institute at Liberty, New York, and then entered the University of Northern Pennsylvania, but was not graduated. He was teacher there in 1852-'3, taught mathematics in the Monticello, New York, academy, in 1854, and in 1855 accepted the professorship of mathematics in the State normal school at Millersville, Pennsylvania, of which he was principal from 1866 to 1886. Prof. Brooks is the author of a series of mathematical textbooks (Philadelphia, 1858-'77); "Philosophy of Arithmetic" (1876); "Normal Methods of Teaching" (Lancaster, Pennsylvania, 1879); "Elocution and Reading" (Philadelphia, 1882); and "Mental Science and Culture" (1883).
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