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FREEMAN, Alice Elvira, educator, born in Colesville, Broome County, New York, 21 February 1855. She was graduated at the University of Michigan in 1876, and was appointed teacher of Greek, Latin, and mathematics at Geneva Lake, Wis.. where she remained one year. From 1877 till 1879 she was the principal of the high school at East Saginaw. Michigan She became professor of history in Wellesley in 1879, which post she held until 1881. In that year she became acting president of the College, and in 1882 she accepted the presidency. The degree of Ph.D. was conferred on her by the University of Michigan in 1882, and that of doctor of letters by Columbia in 1887. In the latter year she resigned, and in December married Professor George H. Palmer, of Harvard.
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