Annie Smith Peck
American Mountain Climber
1850 – 1935 A.D.
Annie Smith Peck, an American mountain climber, born in Providence, R.I. After graduating from the University of Michigan in 1878, she spent some years studying in Europe and afterwards became professor of Latin at Smith College.
In 1895 Miss Peck ascended the Matterhorn and other peaks in the Alps, but her subsequent and most notable feats in mountaineering were performed in South America. She reached a height of 20,500 feet on Mount Sorata, Bolivia, in 1904, and four years later attained the summit of the north peak at Huascaran, Peru, an altitude of 21,812 feet.
The government of Peru presented Miss Peck with a gold medal. She is the author of A Search for the Apex of American (1911), and The South American Tour (1913).
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.