Wednesday, December 5, 2012

On December 5

On this day in ...
... 1822 (190 years ago today), Elizabeth Cabot Cary was born into a family of "Boston Brahmins," as the Yankee elite of that Massachusetts capital were known. Home-schooled on account of ill health, eventually she fell in with an intellectual crowd in Cambridge, and in 1850 she married the Swiss-born Louis Agassiz, widowed scientist/natural historian 15 years her senior, who had recently arrived in the United States, with his 3 children, to take up a post at Harvard. Elizabeth Cabot Cary Agassiz (left) accompanied her husband on a number of expeditions; her publications include A First Lesson in Natural History (1859). (photo credit) An educator, she was instrumental as early as 1879 in developing the women's school that in 1894 became Radcliffe College, part of Harvard. Radcliffe's honorary president from 1900 to 1903, she died in 1920. Her papers are available here.

(Prior December 5 posts are here, here, here, here, and here.)

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