Date of Award


Document Type

Campus Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Timothy Hacsi

Second Advisor

Roberta L. Wollons

Third Advisor

Vincent J. Cannato


An examination of the creation of the Wrentham State School and its first Superintendent, George Loney Wallace: As an innovative leader in the field for the study of the feebleminded, George Wallace utilized his position and prestige to influence national associations and the local community to promote the interests of the Wrentham State School. Specifically, he revolutionized the role of the institution in the parole of its inmates, retuning them to the community once properly educated, and influenced the Massachusetts Legislature to classify and care for a new feebleminded category: the defective delinquent.


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