Harford History

December 03, 2006

On Dec. 2, 1856, John D. Worthington was born on a Harford County farm near the Susquehanna.

He spent his early years attending Darlington Academy. After further studies at St. John's Academy in Annapolis, Worthington became a schoolteacher and began a lifetime devoted to education.

A contemporary biography states: "From youth he has been interested in the public-school system. The absolute necessity of universal education, wide in scope, complete in curriculum, practical in aim, has long been evident to him."

The work of this forward-thinking man did much to advance public education in Harford County. In 1878, he was assistant principal and later principal of the Bel Air School. In 1887, he became the Harford County superintendent of schools. In 1890, he was appointed a member of the State Board of Education, where he served for four years.

[ Source: Biographical Record of Harford and Cecil Counties Maryland. Research by Harford County Public Library]

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