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Frances Vose Emerson

Frances Vose Emerson W1872 (1855-1950), taught literature and history from 1881 to 1886, and was a Trustee from 1922 to 1941 when she was voted Trustee Emerita.

Frances' mother, Martha Eliza Waldo Vose (1816-1903), a 6th generation descendant of Pilgrim John Alden, served as Wheaton Seminary's Principal from 1840 to 1842. In 1847, she married the Reverend Alfred Emerson, a grandson of the Reverend Joseph Emerson, the famous mentor of Mary Lyon and advocate for women’s education.

Both Frances and her sister Annie graduated from and taught at Wheaton. Annie Austin Emerson, born in 1851 in Reading, MA, graduated from Wheaton in 1871, and taught Mathematics and English Branches from 1872-1876.  She died in Dorchester, MA, in 1898. Frances Vose Emerson was born in Hudson, OH in 1855, graduated from Wheaton in 1872, taught Literature, Rhetoric, and History from 1881-1886, and became a Wheaton Trustee. She died in 1949.

Emerson Dining Hall was named for the Emerson family in 1908.

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