Concise Encyclopedia of Tufts History
Brown, Moses True, 1827-1899
|Moses True Brown (1827-1899) was Tufts first professor of oratory, serving in that capacity from 1866 to 1890.|
Moses True Brown was born in Deerfield, New Hampshire, on March 4, 1827. After being home schooled he attended Dartmouth College until the death of his father. At twenty-two, he became principal of a grammar school in Manchester, and then of a high school in New Britain, Connecticut. He then went to Toledo, Ohio, to become superintendent of public schools and also became a literary critic. In 1863, he was married. Tufts called him to the chair of oratory in 1866 and gave him an A.M. degree in 1867. He was very popular among the students and produced a number of exceptionally fine student speakers for the annual prize contests. From 1870 to 1874 he also taught elocution in the Boston public schools. In 1884, he opened the Boston School of Oratory and resigned from Tufts in October 1890. In 1894, he moved back to Ohio to teach at various institutions in his wife's home town of Sandusky.