History Of The "Old High School" 1828-1840
by Charles Wells Chapin

        DAVID A. WELLS, Norwich, Conn. — The eminent economist. Graduated at Williams College in 1847. In 1848 was on the editorial staff of the Springfield Republican. He suggested the idea of folding newspapers and books by machinery in connection with power printing presses. The first machine ever built was at his expense and was operated under his direction in the office of the Republican. He was a member of the book publishing firm of G. P. Putnam & Co., New York, in 1857-58. He was a special pupil of Louis Agassiz, and entered the Lawrence Scientific School of Harvard, graduating in 1851. He was called to Washington in 1865, and was made chairman of a commission to consider the subject of raising by taxation the revenue to supply the wants of the Government. Mr. Wells is a member of several scientific societies in the United States, England, and France. He was one of the trustees of the bondholders that bought under foreclosure and sale and re-organized the Erie Railway.

        HORACE T. DRAPER. — Was a member of the school during Mr. Vaille's administration. He left Springfield in May, 1842, for New York, to follow the sea. He shipped for a voyage to China, and followed the sea from that time until 1865, a period of twenty-three years, filling all positions from boy to captain. He was in the United States Navy three years, during the Rebellion, and was on board the flag ship "Hartford," with Admiral Farragut, at the capture of New Orleans, April 24, 1862. He also served on several other vessels. He now resides in Philadelphia, Penn.

        ISAAC G. BLISS. — Graduate of Amherst College, 1844; Andover Theological Seminary, 1844-47; Yale Theological Seminary, 1845-46; ordained at West Springfield, May 4, 1847. Missionary of the A.B.C.F.M. at Erzroom, Turkey, 1847-52; Agent of American Bible Society for the Levant since 1857, at Constantinople, Turkey. He died at Assiout, Egypt, January, 1889, aged 67.

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