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Ruth Hoppin
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Birth: Dec. 17, 1833
Chautauqua County
New York, USA
Death: 1903
St. Joseph County
Michigan, USA

Ruth Hoppin was an educator, botanist, and naturalist. Hoppin School in Three Rivers was named in her honor. S. I. Silliman in "St. Joseph in Homespun" called Hoppin, "St. Joseph County's greatest gift to the development of the State of Michigan."
Ruth Hoppin came to Parkville in 1846 with her parents and always saw the area as her home. In an era when few went to high school and educated women were almost unheard of, she graduated Oberlin College (Oberlin, Ohio) in 1856.
She was perceptress and teacher at high schools in Three Rivers and Ann Arbor, and taught at Ypsilanti Normal School from 1867-1881. Hoppin was chair of Botany and Biology at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, 1881-1884, and received a master's degree from the University of Michigan in 1891.
Ruth Hoppin traveled and was a collector for the Harvard Museum, and while in Missouri discovered Amblyopsis rosae, a previously unknown species of cave fish. She taught at the University of North Dakota until poor health brought her back home. She was accounted a great educator by all who worked with her. 
 
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 Parents:
  Samuel Hoppin (1789 - 1849)
  Rebeccah King Hoppin (1792 - 1867)
 
 Siblings:
  Rossiter Hoppin (1820 - 1901)*
  Martha Anne Hoppin Reed (1829 - 1902)*
  Ruth Hoppin (1833 - 1903)
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
South Park Cemetery
Parkville
St. Joseph County
Michigan, USA
Plot: 1 - 2 - 9
 
Created by: Historical
Record added: Jul 25, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 20635563
Ruth Hoppin
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Ruth Hoppin
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