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  • Albert Joseph Barnaud, Sr. (1882 - 1960)
    Albert Joseph Barnaud was born to immigrant parents — Elie Barnaud of France and M.L. Cornelia Amolette from French Canada. In 1903, Albert Joseph Barnaud graduated from the College of the Holy ...
  • George Robert Summers (1881 - 1962)
    George Robert Summers of Grand Chain, Illinois moved to the Philippines to help establish the public school system. He was in Fulton, Missouri when he received his appointment in October 1901 to teach ...
  • Clarence George Wrentmore (1867 - d.)
    Clarence George Wrentmore was a professor of engineering at University of Michigan (1893-1911) when he answered the call to be a pioneering educator and moved to the Philippines in 1912. He served as t...
  • Frederick Douglass Bonner (1879 - d.)
    Frederick Douglass Bonner moved to the Philippines in 1902 with his wife Charlotte. They were two of a handful of African Americans who joined the movement to establish the Philippine public school sys...
  • John Henry Manning Butler (1868 - 1944)
    John Henry Manning Butler was born on 05 September 1868 in Elizabeth City, North Carolina. He was one of a handful of African Americans who travelled to the Philippines in 1902 to help establish the Ph...

This sub-project aims to organize genealogical data on the 1,074 American teachers sent by the U.S. government to the Philippines between 1901 and 1902. Named after the USS Thomas the ship which transported the last batch of expatriated educators, the Thomasites sought to establish a new public school system, to teach basic education and to train Filipino teachers, with English as the medium of instruction. More here:

Find more at the master project page, Families of the Philippines.

National Administrators

American Pioneer Educators and their Stations (as of September 1902)

Succeeding Waves of Educators, after 1902

Suggested Readings

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  2. After adding yourself as a "Follower" or "Collaborator", you can add the profile of the person you wish to add.
  3. Navigate to the person'sprofile. Under the "More Actions" link, choose "Add to Project" and select "The Thomasites" Project.
  4. Include in the "About Me" section a brief biographical sketch, summarizing the person's significant contributions and accomplishments. (Required)
  5. Include a photograph, if one exists.
  6. Mark the profile as "public" and not "private". (Required)
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