Stringfellow Barr

American writer

Stringfellow Barr (January 15, 1897, Suffolk, Virginia - February 3, 1982, Alexandria, Virginia) was an historian, author, and former president of St. John's College in Annapolis, Maryland, where he, together with Scott Buchanan, instituted the Great Books curriculum.


  • Tyrants forbid citizens to do their duty as free men. Free government permits them to do it. Liberal education enables them to do it.
    • "Liberal Education: Enabling Citizens to do their Duty as Free Men", Report of the president of St. John's College to the Board of Visitors and Governors, May, 1941. Hanging in Buchanan Hall, St. John's College Annapolis [specific citation needed]
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