"Jen was her high school valedictorian," Dean remembered.
Even before his graduation in September 17 20 as valedictorian and head of his class, he seems to have had a well formulated philosophy.
Jen, the valedictorian of her class, was to attend Ryder College in New Jersey and major in English Literature.
He graduated as valedictorian of his class at Dartmouth College in 1819, was a tutor there in 1819-1820, spent a year in the law school of Harvard University, and studied for a like period at Washington, in the office of William Wirt, then attorney-general of the United States.
The valedictorian was remiss in writing his graduation speech because he was so focused on taking final exams.
He graduated from Illinois College as valedictorian in 1881, and from the Union College of Law, Chicago, in 1883; during his course he studied in the law office of Lyman Trumbull.