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Benjamin F. Tweed Papers

Call Number: MS059

Scope and Contents

This collection includes limited correspondence and information on the house where Tweed lived while teaching at Tufts College. Additionally there are two pictures of Tweed and a book of Byran's Poetry inscribed to him. The collection also includes a letter written in 1960 that provides references to biographical information about Tweed.


  • Creation: 1854 -- 1960


Language of Materials



This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Some material in this collection may be protected by copyright and other rights. Please see “Reproductions and Use” on the Digital Collections and Archives website for more information about reproductions and permission to publish. No documentation is available regarding the intellectual property rights in this collection.

Biographical / Historical

Benjamin Franklin Tweed (January 17, 1811 - April 2, 1896) was a member of the first group of faculty teaching at the newly founded Tufts College. He taught Rhetoric, Logic and English Literature at Tufts College from 1854-1864 and was very popular with students.

Tweed was born in Wakefield (now Reading), MA, on January 17, 1811. He attended an academy in Lynnfield, Massachusetts, and taught in various district schools until 1835. He then obtained a position to teach at a school in Medford until he was offered the principalship of the Bunker Hill Grammar School in Charlestown, Massachusetts, in 1839. In 1854 he became professor for Rhetoric, Logic, and English Literature at Tufts College, which began teaching students before officially opening in 1855. Tweed left Tufts in 1864 to chair the Department of English Literature and Medieval and Modern History at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. In 1870 he became the Superintendent of Schools in Charlestown and when Charlestown was incorporated with Boston he was appointed Supervisor for the district until his retirement in 1880.

Professor Tweed was a member of the American Institute of Instruction since its first meeting in 1830. He published various textbooks on English grammar and composition, articles in leading educational journals, and was the editor of the Massachusetts Teacher for several years. Based on his scholarship, Harvard University conferred him a degree of A. M. in 1853. Upon retirement, Professor Tweed lived with his daughter and her husband, Judge J. W. Hammond, a graduate of Tufts in 1861, in Cambridgeport until his death on April 2, 1896.


0.25 Linear Feet


The collection is organized into one series.

Custodial History

Most material in the collection was taken from Tweed's Vertical File. The additional book was received from Letha Clair Robinson in March of 2011.

Processing status

This collection is processed.

Repository Details

Part of the Tufts Archival Research Center Repository

35 Professors Row
Tisch Library Building
Tufts University
Medford Massachusetts 02155 United States