Henry Solomon Lehr was born in Mahoning County, Ohio back in 1838 to George and Salome. He first attended school at the age of twelve while still working full-time as a farm hand. His primary interest was in education. In 1854 he earned his teaching certification and began teaching part-time while still continuing to do his farm work.
His studies were interrupted by the American Civil War, when discharged in 1865 he felt compelled to continue to learn. He moved to Ada, Ohio becoming the schoolmaster there. In 1871, the Northwestern Ohio Normal School was launched. He finally earned his PhD from Mount Union College graduating 10 years behind the class with which he had entered.
What you may not know about Henry is that the Northwester Ohio Normal School changed its name to Ohio Norther University. He became the president from 1871 to 1900. He died in 1923, he was 84.
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