The Photo Request has been fulfilled.

 
 Alice Mary Longfellow

Alice Mary Longfellow

Birth
Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
Death 7 Dec 1928 (aged 78)
Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
Burial Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
Plot Indian Ridge Path
Memorial ID 42557461 · View Source
Suggest Edits

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.



Advertisement

Advertisement

Advertisement

Advertisement

  • Created by: Midnightdreary
  • Added: 30 Sep 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 42557461
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Alice Mary Longfellow (22 Sep 1850–7 Dec 1928), Find A Grave Memorial no. 42557461, citing Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA ; Maintained by Midnightdreary (contributor 46971513) .