A Few Notable Leaders Tutored or Home Educated

Quincy Adams was completely home schooled until he was twelve years old. He entered Harvard at the age of fourteen.

Alexander Graham Bell received his early schooling at home from his father.

Agatha Christy, “most popular novelist in history,” didn’t attend school, but was taught at home.

Thomas Edison was primarily schooled at home. In fact, Thomas Edison was expelled at age seven from public school for being “addled.”

Benjamin Franklin only went to school for the eighth grade, then he was apprenticed by his brother.

Patrick Henry went to school for a few years, but was pulled out at age ten to be home instructed by his father. His father taught him math, Greek, Latin, Bible, and the classics.

C.S. Lewis was schooled by private tutors until his mother died, then he attended school, but at 15 was tutored again until Oxford.

Abraham Lincoln received all his education except one year, through home instruction.

James Madison, the “Father of the Constitution,” was taught by his mother and his father until the age of 11.

John Marshall, Chief Justice, was home schooled by his father until he was age fourteen.

Florence Nightingale and her sister were taught at home by their father.

Gen. George Patton was educated by his father in classical literature and history.

Tim Tebow was home schooled by his mother through high school and was the first underclassman to win the Heisman trophy in 2007.

Booker T. Washington taught himself to read with Noah Webster’s Blue Black Speller and the constant support of his mother.

George Washington received most of his education at home by his father.

Wilbur Wright did not attend school until he was eight years old, and had already been taught by his father to read.