Mary Julia Baldwin

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American educator

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According to Wikipedia, Mary Julia Baldwin was a Virginia educator in Staunton, Virginia. For thirty four years she ran Mary Baldwin College, which was named in her honor in 1895 and later became Mary Baldwin University. Early and family life Born to Margaret Sarah Sowers Baldwin Heiskell and her husband William Daniel Baldwin in Winchester, Virginia at the northern end of the Shenandoah Valley on October 4, 1829, Mary Julia Baldwin never knew her father, who died when she was a baby. Raised by her maternal grandparents in Staunton, Virginia after her mother remarried, in 1842 Mary became a member of the first class of sixty girls at the Augusta Female Seminary. Local Presbyterian ministers had organized it, and the Virginia General Assembly incorporated it on January 30, 1845. After four years of studies, Mary Baldwin graduated at the top of her class.

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