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Elizabeth Cabot Agassiz : biography

December 5, 1822 - June 27, 1907

Elizabeth Cabot Agassiz (née Cary) (December 5, 1822 – June 27, 1907) was an American educator, and the co-founder and first president of Radcliffe College. A researcher of natural history, she was a contributing author to many scientific published works with her husband, Louis Agassiz.Paton, Lucy Allen. Elizabeth Cabot Agassiz; a biography. Boston, Houghton Mifflin Company, 1919.

Life

Elizabeth Cary was born in 1822 into a Boston Brahmin family of New England Ancestry. She was born on December 5, 1822 in Boston, Massachusetts at her grandfather, Colonel Perkins, house on Pearl Street. She was born to Mary Ann Cushing Perkins Cary and Thomas Graves Carey Paton, Lucy Allen. Elizabeth Cabot Agassiz; a biography. Boston, Houghton Mifflin Company, 1919. (who was a graduate of Harvard in 1811). The Cary and Perkins families were from England, but came to Massachusetts during the seventeenth century. Elizabeth Cary was the second out of five daughters and seven children of her parents and was referred to as “Lizzie” by her immediate family and close friends.AGASSIZ, Elizabeth Cabot Cary (Dec. 5, 1822-June 27, 1907). Notable American Women: 1607-1950. Boston: Harvard University Press, 1971. Because of her fragile health, she received homeschooling in Temple Place, Boston, which included the study of languages, drawing, music, and reading. She additionally received informal history lessons from Elizabeth Peabody.AGASSIZ, Elizabeth Cabot Cary (Dec. 5, 1822-June 27, 1907). Notable American Women: 1607-1950. Boston: Harvard University Press, 1971.

Following the marriage of her older sister with a professor, she began socializing with a group of intellectuals in Cambridge, Massachusetts. In 1849 she met scientist Louis Agassiz, a widower, who had recently emigrated with his three children (Pauline, Ida and Alexander) from Switzerland to the United States. They first met at a dinner with Elizabeth Cabot Agassiz’s sister, Mary Cary and her husband, Professor Cornelius Conway Felton (later president of Harvard University).They married on April 25, 1850 in Boston, Massachusetts at King’s Chapel.Paton, Lucy Allen. Elizabeth Cabot Agassiz; a biography. Boston, Houghton Mifflin Company, 1919.

Agassiz organized the household and took care of the finances and the children. She developed strong relationships with her step-children, Alexander, Ida, and Pauline, and her grandchildren. However, she had no children of her own. She traveled with her husband and family to Charleston, South Carolina for his professorship in the medical school throughout the winters of 1851-1852 and 1852-1853. She also visited Europe with him in 1859. She worked closely with her husband at his scientific research. Specifically, she accompanied Louis Agassiz as the main writer and record keeper for the Thayer Expedition to Brazil (April 1865- August 1866) and the Hassler Expedition through the Strait of Magellan (December 1871- August 1872).AGASSIZ, Elizabeth Cabot Cary (Dec. 5, 1822-June 27, 1907). Notable American Women: 1607-1950. Boston: Harvard University Press, 1971.

After her husband’s death in 1872, she continued to devote time to her work and family. She continued to enjoy traveling, and in 1892, Elizabeth Cabot Agassiz ventured with family to the Pacific Coast, specifically California, for three months . She died on June 27, 1907 in Arlington, Massachusetts.Paton, Lucy Allen. Elizabeth Cabot Agassiz; a biography. Boston, Houghton Mifflin Company, 1919.

Accomplishments/Recognition

Agassiz contributed to the founding of the coeducational Anderson School of Natural History. She was (from 1869) one of the first women members of the American Philosophical Society (with Mary Fairfax Somerville and Mary Mitchell); she became a member on October 15. In 1879 she was one of seven female Managing Directors of the Society for the private Collegiate Instruction for Women (Harvard Annex). This provided qualified women who intended to pursue an advancement in their education in Cambridge with the opportunity to have private tuition from Professors at Harvard College.Paton, Lucy Allen. Elizabeth Cabot Agassiz; a biography. Boston, Houghton Mifflin Company, 1919. Agassiz was essential in ensuring that the "Harvard Annex" for women's education was transformed in 1894 from Harvard University into Radcliffe College. From 1894 to 1900 this college was under their direction and from 1900 to 1903 she was honorary president. With her tact and her fundraising skills she promoted the College and contributed significantly to its continuity.

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