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Excerpt from Eulogy on the Late Chancellor Joseph Gibson Hoyt: Of Washington University
Joseph Gibson Hoyt was born in Dunbarton, New Hampshire, January 19th, 1815. He was the son of Joshua F. and Olive R. Hoyt. His father was a plain farmer, who, by prudent husbandry, had acquired a competency. Of limited education, ingenuous nature, good talents, and sound judgment, he thought more of an honest life and material success than of liberal culture. That his children should lead lives of simple virtue and humble prosperity satisfied his highest aspirations. From his low estimate of the value of education, the result of his own want of culture, he was unwilling to send his son to college. He did not deem education a profitable investment. But at last the father's pride was gratified by the son's success, and help came when the youth had proved his ability to succeed without it.
But the mother was a woman of brilliant powers and marked traits of character. She was distinguished for facility of composition and a quaint originality of expression.
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