Church-State Quibbles Ignored in Frontier Missouri

When the City of St. Louis incorporated in 1823 there was a desire to set up a public school but no funds were available for that purpose. The City agreed to pay for the education of poor boys attending Father Neil’s Academy (later St. Louis College). The school was open to Protestants as Father Neil explained in the Missouri Gazette:

“A due sense of religion, the foundation of all morality, will by them be indefatigably cultivated, but without interference with the peculiar tenets of such as might be attached to persuasions different from that of their instructors.”

 

Posted: January 10, 2014

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