Isabella GrahamIsabella Graham
Scottish Philanthropist
1742 – 1814 A.D.

Isabella Graham, a Scottish Philanthropist. In 1765 she married Dr. John Graham, an army surgeon, and went with him to Canada, where he died in 1774.

Returning to Scotland, she taught school in Edinburgh, and in 1789 came to New York, and established a seminary for young ladies.

Through her efforts, the Society for the Relief of Poor Widows, the Orphan Asylum Society, the Society for promoting Industry among the Poor, and the first Sunday School for Ignorant Adults, were established in New York.

She systemically visited the inmates of hospitals, and the sick female convicts in the state prison, and distributed Bibles to hundreds of families.


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.