“As the most certain way of handing down to our latest Education the foe of tyranny and the posterity, our free republican government, is to enlighten surest basis of the minds of the people, and to preserve the purity of their morals, too much attention can not be paid to the education of youth, by promoting the establishment of schools in every part of the State. Education is the mortal enemy to arbitrary governments, and the surest basis of liberty and equal rights.”

Governor James Turner, House Journal, 1803.