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Diantha Eloise Gray Sackett
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Birth: Jun. 22, 1799
Sherburne
Chenango County
New York, USA
Death: Jul. 28, 1880
Sherburne
Chenango County
New York, USA

Diantha, became eminent as a teacher, and with her husband, Rev. Dr. H.A. Sackett, founded Elmira College in Elmira, New York

Diantha Gray Sackett taught what she called the Wadawannuck Female Seminary in a house in Stonington, Connecticut. She moved in 1852 to LeRoy, New York, where she opened Ingham Collegiate Institute, and later had a role in founding Elmira College. Established, Wadawanuck Young Ladies Institute in Stonington, New London Co., CT

Myers, Minor, Jr. "Wadawanuck Young Ladies' Institute: Connecticut's First Women's College." Historical Footnotes of the Stonington Historical Society. November, 1978.

Established Ingham University, LeRoy, New York, 1857-1897; Presbyterian, founded in 1837 as LeRoy Female Seminary; in 1852 name changed to Ingham Collegiate Institute and in 1857 to Ingham University; claims to be first university for women in U.S.

Founded Auburn Female University , Auburn, New York, 1852- 1855; moved and rechartered as Elmira Female College.

Served on the board of trustees for the New York Medical College and Hospital for Women, 1864. Board of Officers: President, 1876-1879; Vice-President, 1874-1876; 1879-1880.

Mrs. Diantha E. Sackett, for the last twenty-six years resident in New Jersey, is noted as one of the earliest, most tireless workers in the interest of the higher education of women.

The idea of the Elmira College for women was originated and its earlier beginning carried onward by Mrs. Sackett's zeal and energy. Her husband, Rev. H. A. Sackett, cordially endorsing her scheme, they began together to work for the college as early as 1851. They obtained its charter in 1852—the first college charter granted to women by New York State.

The college was opened in 1855, the land having been purchased, buildings erected, and the necessary funds for a beginning raised by their indominitable perseverance. The fund was gathered by small contributions from persons who had first to be convinced that it was desirable to confer a college training upon young women. Also, those were the days before the accumulation of large fortunes and of generous donations to educational institutions.

After the death of her husband, Mrs. Sackett wrote a brief account of his arduous labors, which was published in the " Ninety-seventh Report of the Board of Regent of the University of the State of New York," but with the wifely loyalty and the modesty of the old-time gentlewoman, she said nothing of her own work. Nor has she anything to contribute today, though fully appreciating the valuable efforts so conscientiously made by herself. The best workers among our women often make but very little use of their pens, or at least, of printer's ink.

 
 
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 Parents:
  John Gray (1769 - 1859)
  Diantha Burritt Gray (1776 - 1846)
 
 Spouse:
  Harvey Almeron Sackett (1806 - 1879)
 
 Children:
  Eliza Diantha Sackett (1840 - 1908)*
 
 Siblings:
  Nathaniel Gray (1794 - 1872)*
  Blackleach Burritt Gray (1797 - 1870)*
  Diantha Eloise Gray Sackett (1799 - 1880)
  Alfred William Gray (1802 - 1874)*
  John Franklin Gray (1804 - 1882)*
  Patrick Wells Gray (1806 - 1865)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Fairview Cemetery
Westfield
Union County
New Jersey, USA
Plot: Ward A #4
 
Created by: dran
Record added: Sep 22, 2011
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Diantha Eloise <i>Gray</i> Sackett
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