Alice Freeman Palmer (Dictionary of World Biography: The 19th Century)
Article abstract: The second president of Wellesley College, Palmer championed the cause of educational reform for women, greatly influencing attitudes of educators and society at large concerning the need for quality education for women at every level.
Alice Elvira Freeman was the oldest of four children born to James Warren Freeman and Elizabeth Josephine Higley Freeman on a farm in Colesville, New York. When Alice was nine years old, her father decided to pursue his interest in medicine in hope of improving the family economic situation. Elizabeth Freeman assumed full support of the children for two years and her husband received his degree from the Albany Medical College in 1864. Alice’s early education came mostly from her parents. Her mother and grandmother had experience as schoolteachers, and her father was adventurous and inquisitive. The family was deeply religious and active in promoting moral and social causes. Alice was given household responsibilities that often included the care of younger siblings. She gained much practical knowledge and developed a deep love of nature which she carried into adulthood. At three years of age, Alice had taught herself to read; by the next year, she began to attend the village school. In the one-room school, however, educational stimulation was limited.
In 1865, Dr. Freeman moved his family to the nearby village of Windsor, New York, to begin his...
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