Samuel Joseph May was Principal of the West Newton Normal School from 1842-1844. May was an abolitionist and South Scituate Unitarian minister, was selected to replace the ailing Cyrus Peirce as principal. An expanding enrollment led to the relocation of the school to West Newton and the hiring of new faculty. The first graduate of the school to be appointed as a teacher was Electa Lincoln. May departed upon the return of Peirce as principal and relocated to Syracuse, where he worked in a church.
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