Today’s American Minute

By Bill Federer

Imagine writing a book that would sell a million copies a year for over 100 years! Well, one man did. His name was William Holmes McGuffey, born this day, Sept. 23, 1800. Considered the “Schoolmaster of the Nation,” McGuffey’s Readers were the mainstay of America’s public-school system from 1836 till the 1920s. McGuffey was the president of Ohio University and formed the first teachers’ association in that part of the nation. In his Fifth Eclectic Reader, William McGuffey wrote: “Erase all thought and fear of God from a community, and selfishness and sensuality would absorb the whole man.”