Henry D. Wyatt


    Henry D. Wyatt, M. D. and A. M., and superintendent of the city schools of Chattanooga, is a son of Daniel and Phebe (Palmer) Wyatt, both natives of New Hampshire, where they are now living. Of their family of eight children, five are now living-four sons and one daughter. Our subject was born in Grafton County, N. H., September 24, 1836, grew to manhood on the farm and received his rudimentary education in the common schools and in an academy. Having early imbibed a fondness for teaching he taught several terms during the winter season and worked on the farm during the summer. The war broke out about this time, and in 1862 he enlisted as a private in Company B, Fifteenth New Hampshire Infantry, United States Army, but soon arose to the rank of first lieutenant, which position he held until 1863, when he was wounded at Port Hudson, and mustered out of service in August of that year. He soon turned his attention to teaching and the study of medicine, attending lectures at Harvard College, and in 1865 became assistant surgeon of a regiment of heavy artillery, which position he filled until May, 1866. After cessation of hostilities he graduated from the medical department of Dartmouth College, and then, having a desire to engage in teaching as a profession, he took the classical course at Dartmouth College, graduating in 1871. He then taught in the North until late in 1872, when he was called to take charge of the Chattanooga schools, which he organized and has brought to their present advanced condition. In 1875 he wedded Miss Alice J. Polsey, of Rhode Island. Both are church members and respected citizens.


Goodspeed's "History of East Tennessee" 1887