Goodloe Bell

(1832-1899). Educator and author. He was born, the eldest of 12 children, at Watertown, New York, and studied at Oberlin College. At 19 he taught his first country school, but overwork placed him in the Battle Creek Sanitarium, where he accepted the Seventh-day Adventist faith, having been earlier a Baptist, and, for a time, a Disciple. After his health improved he began a private school for SDA children in the community. In 1872 he opened a school, under the auspices of the General Conference, which later became Battle Creek College. The following year Sidney Brownsberger was made principal. Subsequently Bell became head of the English Department. In 1881 Bell, who was considered a severe disciplinarian and who strongly advocated the principles of education set forth by Ellen G. White, cl...

From the Seventh-day Adventist Encyclopedia. Published with permission from the Review and Herald Publishing Association.

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