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Robert Hallowell Gardiner

Robert Hallowell Gardiner, British philanthropist. member Maine House of Representatives, 1822.

Background

  • Gardiner, Robert Hallowell was born on February 10, 1782 in Bristol, England. Son of Robert and Hannah (Gardiner) H.

  • Education

    • Graduated from Harvard, 1801.

    Career

    • Inherited large estate on Kennebec River (Maine) at age of 5 from maternal grandmother. Moved to Boston, 1792. Conceived, initiated founding Gardiner Lyceum, 1821-1832 (forerunner of America agricultural and technical schools), probably 1st institution of kind to receive public money from a state legislature, but financial problems caused closing, 1832.

      Active in missionary, education work Protestant Episcopal Church. Founded a Sunday school, Gardiner, Maine. Member Maine House of Representatives, 1822.

      Overseer Bowdoin College, 1811-1841, trustee, 1841-1860. President Maine History Society, 1846-1855.

    Membership

    Member Maine House of Representatives, 1822.

    Connections

    • Married Emma Tudor, June 25, 1805.
    • father: Robert H.
    • mother: Hannah (Gardiner) H.
    • spouse: Emma Tudor
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    Born February 10, 1782
    Died March 22, 1864
    (aged 82)
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