Caleb Bingham

1757-1817

Caleb Bingham was a Boston teacher and proprietor of a school for girls. He published several very popular books used in schools:

The Lady's Accidence, a grammar book (1785).

The American preceptor (1794).

The Columbian orator (1797).

The American preceptor (1794), a reader, was largely intended to teach elocution and the selections promoted morality and democracy. The preface of the Preceptor states: "Convinced of the impropriety of instilling false notions into the minds of children, he has not given place to romantic fiction. Although moral essays have not been neglected; yet pleasing and interesting stories, exemplifying moral virtues, were judged best calculated to engage the attention and improve the heart. Tales of love have not gained admission . . . neither a word . . . would 'raise a blush on the cheek of modesty".

Writings of Caleb Bingham, chronologically arranged

Bingham, Caleb (1814) The Columbian orator. Boston, Manning & Loring, 1814.

Bingham, Caleb (1815) The American preceptor: Being a new selection of lessons for reading and speaking. Designed for the use of schools. Stereotyped Edition. New York: Stereotyped by B. & J. Collins, for C. Bingham, Boston, 1815.

Bingham, Caleb (1832) The American preceptor improved; being a new selection of lessons for reading and speaking. Designed for the use of schools. 68th edition. Boston: J. H. A. Frost.