Alice Freeman Palmer
1855 – 1902 A.D.
Alice Freeman Palmer, an American educator. She was elected to the chair of history in Wellesley College in 1879, and three years later became president, which position she retained till her marriage in 1887 to Prof. G. H. Palmer of Harvard University.
During her administration of Wellesley the college standard of scholarship was raised, the number of students was greatly increased, and several important buildings were added.
She took an active interest in educational and reform associations, and was prominent as a lecturer on municipal topics.
Wellesley College possesses a very beautiful memorial to her, sculptured in relief by Daniel Chester French.
Reference: Famous Women; An Outline of Feminine Achievement Through the Ages With Life Stories of Five Hundred Noted Women By Joseph Adelman. Copyright, 1926 by Ellis M. Lonow Company.