Jen, the valedictorian of her class, was to attend Ryder College in New Jersey and major in English Literature.
He graduated as valedictorian in 1808 at the college of New Jersey (Princeton); studied theology under the Rev. Walter Addison of Maryland, and in Princeton; was ordained deacon in 1811 and priest in 1814; and preached both in the Stone Chapel, Millwood, and in Christ Church, Alexandria, for some time.
He graduated from Illinois College as valedictorian in 1881, and from the Union College of Law, Chicago, in 1883; during his course he studied in the law office of Lyman Trumbull.
Even before his graduation in September 17 20 as valedictorian and head of his class, he seems to have had a well formulated philosophy.