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Livermore, Mary A., 1820-1905
Mary A. Livermore (1820-1905), H1896, was the first female to receive an honorary degree from Tufts College.
Born on Dec. 19, 1820, in Boston, Mary A. Rice began her education in Boston public schools. She transferred to a Charlestown seminary school for four years, where she continued as a teacher after her graduation. She soon moved and began working as a teacher at a family school on a southern plantation, where she first came in direct contact with slavery. This experience made her an ardent abolitionist. She moved back north and married Rev. Daniel P. Livermore, a Universalist clergyman, on May 6, 1845.
Mrs. Livermore gained fame for her work with the United States Sanitary Commission during the Civil War. She also became a noted member of the Women's Suffrage movement, and spent much of her life involved in causes related to the advancement of women.
A long time friend of Tufts, Mrs. Livermore wrote a poem entitled "Tufts College" in 1855. This poem appeared in various publications, including the centennial issue of Tuftonian magazine in June 1952.
Mrs. Livermore received an honorary degree of LL. D. from Tufts College at Commencement in 1896, making her the first female to receive an honorary degree at the college.
She died at her home in Melrose, Massachusetts, on May 23, 1905.
Source: VF, TCG
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