Martha Carey ThomasMartha Carey Thomas
American Educator
1857 – 1835 A.D.

Martha Carey Thomas, an American Educator, born at Baltimore, Md. She graduated at Cornell in 1877, and then studied at Zurich, where she was awarded Ph.D. in 1883, being the first woman to receive such a doctorate at a European university.

In 1885 she became professor of English and dean, and in 1895 president of Bryn Mawr College. She has been honored by the degree of LL.D. and in 1900 published her book Education of Women. In 1915 Mary Garrett, a benefactor of Bryn Mawr, left to President Thomas $15,000,000 to be disposed of as she saw fit.

Miss Thomas retired in 1922, after thirty-eight years’ service at Bryn Mawr.


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.

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