Palmer, Alice Elvira

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Palmer, Alice Elvira (b. Freeman)

(1855–1902) educator; born in Colesville, N.Y. During her tenure as president (1882–87), she turned Wellesley College from a finishing school into a serious college, improving the quality of the curriculum, faculty, and students. She helped found the precursor of the Association of American University Women (1882). She married the Harvard philosopher George Herbert Palmer (1887).
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The AMA withdrew support after the first year, but she persevered, opening the Alice Freeman Palmer Institute (1902).
Thanks to a chance meeting and letter to Wellesley College President Alice Freeman Palmer, Hawkins was able to spend one year at Salem Normal School before she accepted the teaching position in the South.