04 March 2023

A good guy* (for Women's History Month)

Vir bonus cuius benevolentia in exemplum transiit.
A good man whose benevolence has become an example.

the memory of
The liberal founder of
"Adams Female Academy,"
the First endowed Literary
Institution established in
New England for the especial
benefit of females.
Born Jan. 14, 1785
Died Aug. 10, 1822

Erected in grateful remembrance
by the Trustees of


According to the Mount Holyoke College Archives collection description:

Adams Female Academy opened in April of 1824. It was funded by a $4000 endowment from Jacob Adams in 1823. Located in Derry, New Hampshire, it was one of the first academies in New England devoted solely to the education of girls. Zilpah P. Grant (later Banister) was the first principal and Mary Lyon was her assistant. The Academy had a high reputation, attracting students from all over New England. The school remained open until 1886, then it was merged into the co-educational Derry School system in 1887.

The collection scope of New Hampshire Historical Society's collection of Adams' estate papers notes:

Without family or heirs, Adams left approximately four thousand dollars for the founding of the Adams Female Academy in Derry, NH.





*with the natural caveat being, of course, that I know nothing about the guy's character, etc. Still, education for girls! Great!

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