Frederick T. Kemper - Boonville, MO
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N 38° 58.599 W 092° 44.679
15S E 522118 N 4314216
Founder of Kemper Military Academy
Waymark Code: WM152D5
Location: Missouri, United States
Date Posted: 10/02/2021
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County of monument: Cooper County
Location of monument: Morgan St. & Main St., Morgan Street Park, Boonville
Artist: Kwan Wu
Dedicated: June 24, 2006

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Dedication: June 24, 20067   Sculptor: Kwan Wu
1816 - 1881

Frederick Thomas Kemper, pioneering Missouri educator and founder of Kemper Military School in Boonville, was born at Madison Courthouse, Virginia. After graduating from Marion College in Palmyra, Missouri, he came to Boonville in 1844 and opened his first boarding school for young boys, the New Boonville Male Academy. For the next ten years the school grew in enrollment and went through several name changes until he settled on the name Kemper Family School in 1854. In that year he married Susan Holten Taylor, a teacher in a local school for girls, with whom he had eleven children. In 1856 Kemper accepted a position at Westminster College in Fulton where he remained for the next five years. With the impending Civil War he returned to Boonville and reopened his school. In the 1873-74 school year a military flavor was introduced for the first time with the adoption of a cadet-grey uniform in the West Point style. The school continued to grow in both enrollment and physical size up to the time of Kemper's death on March 9, 1881, at which time the reins of the school were handed over to one of his former students, T.A. Johnston. Kemper and his family are buried in Walnut Grove Cemetery in Boonville. During Kemper's lifetime he was an advocate of strict family discipline and Christian morality along with the rigorous regimen of a classical educational curriculum. His motto was "not to make mere scholars, but to make men."

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