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Alice Mary Longfellow
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Birth: Sep. 22, 1850
Cambridge
Middlesex County
Massachusetts, USA
Death: Dec. 7, 1928
Cambridge
Middlesex County
Massachusetts, USA

Philanthropist, founding member of Radcliffe College, oldest daughter of the poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. In 1878, she sat on a committee to consider offering classes for women taught by Harvard professors. A year later, the Society for Collegiate Instruction was founded and Alice was admitted as a special student. The first commencement for the organization, which would later become Radcliffe College, was held in Alice's library. She maintained a long affiliation with the school, attending classes until 1890. She later served on the executive committee, the Board of Trustees, and held the role of Treasurer from 1883 to 1891. A building at Radcliffe Yard is named for her. Radcliffe was one of the original "Seven Sisters" of early women's colleges; today it is part of Harvard University. Education was a main interest for Alice. From 1887 to 1892, she served on the Cambridge School Committee and also provided scholarship money for African-American and Native American students. She became an early member of the Ladies' Association of Mount Vernon (Vice-Regent from Massachusetts) - a role she held for 48 years. The organization purchased and renovated Mount Vernon, the former home of George Washington in Virginia; the organization still owns and maintains the property today. She was mentioned in her father's popular poem "The Children's Hour" as "Grave Alice." The Ojibwe tribe in Minnesota made her an honorary member in recognition of the poem The Song of Hiawatha. During World War I, she donated her Rolls Royce for use as an ambulance in Europe. 
 
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 Parents:
  Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807 - 1882)
  Frances Elizabeth (Fanny) Appleton Longfellow (1817 - 1861)
 
 Siblings:
  Charles Appleton Longfellow (1844 - 1893)*
  Ernest Wadsworth Longfellow (1845 - 1921)*
  Fanny Longfellow (1847 - 1848)*
  Alice Mary Longfellow (1850 - 1928)
  Edith Wadsworth Longfellow Dana (1853 - 1915)*
  Annie Longfellow Thorp (1855 - 1934)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Mount Auburn Cemetery
Cambridge
Middlesex County
Massachusetts, USA
Plot: Indian Ridge Path
 
Created by: Midnightdreary
Record added: Sep 30, 2009
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Alice Mary Longfellow
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Alice Mary Longfellow
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Alice Mary Longfellow
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Be at peace.
- caroline
 Added: Dec. 7, 2013
My 7th cousin 3x removed. Be at peace.
- caroline
 Added: Nov. 21, 2013
May GOD Bless You Alice Mary Longfellow ! ! ! ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::It is on Major General Benjamin Butler's in Lowell, Middlesex County, Massachusetts ( this County has Two County Seats) , the monument reads."the true touchstone of civi...(Read more)
- Jonathan Robert De Mallie
 Added: Oct. 14, 2013
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