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Newell, McFadden Alexander, 1824 - 1894



McFadden Alexander Newell was an Irish immigrant who graduated from Trinity College in Dublin and taught school in England before settling in Baltimore. In 1865, Newell was asked to establish a state normal school (now Towson University) and served as its principal from 1866-1890. During this time, he also served as State Superintendent of Public Instruction. As Principal at MSNS, he improved both teacher education and public school instruction, set admissions standards for the Normal School and refined the school's curriculum. Described as very congenial with a keen sense of humor, M. A. Newell left a strong legacy to the public education system of Maryland and to Towson University.

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McFadden Alexander Newell records

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Identifier: 001-001-002

McFadden Alexander Newell served as the first Principal of the Maryland State Normal School from 1866 to 1890. These records which date from 1889 to 1977 are composed of Newell’s publications, tributes, biographies, and correspondence.

Dates: 1889-1977, undated