Andrew Lee Brewer

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Andrew Lee Brewer
Born 1831
Died 1899 (aged 67–68)
Nationality USA
Occupation minister
Known for founded a military academy

Andrew Lee Brewer was an episcopalian minister, and founder of a successful military academy, known as Saint Matthew's Hall.[1]

Brewer founded the school in 1865. He was known as imposing extremely stern discipline on his students, including whippings and weeks of solitary confinement.[2]

Lincoln Steffens, who grew up to be a celebrated journalist, was confined for 22 days, for drinking.[2]


  1. Alan Michelson. "Episcopal Diocese of California, Saint Matthew's Hall, San Mateo, CA (1865)". Pacific Coast Architecture Database. "Reverend Alfred Lee Brewer (1831–1899) directed that the school open on a plot next to Saint Matthew's Church #1 and its Parsonage. Brewer supervised the school from its beginnings in 1865 until 1891. The school fashioned itself after an English "public" school, such as Eton or Harrow, along military lines." 
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Matters Historical: Military-style academies on the march in 1800s" (in en-US). East Bay Times. 2016-08-03. "On at least one occasion, after being caught drinking while encouraging younger cadets to engage in such “forbidden activities,” Steffens was locked into Brewer’s guardhouse, where he existed in solitary confinement on limited rations for 22 days."