Professor Maria Louise Sanford, 1918.

Maria Louise Sanford

Professor Maria Louise Sanford in Minneapolis, 1918.

Sanford, Maria (1836–1920)

One of the first female professors in the United States, Maria Sanford was an English professor at the University of Minnesota for nearly thirty years. Her exceptional teaching, notable public lectures, and active community leadership led many to call her "the best loved woman in Minnesota."

Eugenie Moore Anderson

Eugenie Moore Anderson

Eugenie Moore Anderson

Eugenie Anderson leaving Christiansborg Palace with Lord Chamberlain after presenting credentials to King Frederick IX

Eugenie Anderson leaving Christiansborg Palace with Lord Chamberlain after presenting credentials to King Frederick IX

Eugenie Anderson leaving Christiansborg Palace with Lord Chamberlain after presenting credentials to King Frederick IX

L to R: Eugene McCarthy, Orville Freeman, Eugenie Anderson

L to R: Eugene McCarthy, Orville Freeman, Eugenie Anderson

L to R: Eugene McCarthy, Orville Freeman, Eugenie Anderson

Eugenie Anderson

Eugenie Anderson

Anderson, Helen Eugenie Moore (1909–1997)

Eugenie Moore Anderson emerged a trailblazer for American women in international diplomacy during the post-World War II era. In 1949 she became the first American woman to hold the rank of ambassador.

Reverend Chauncy Hobart of Red Wing. Chaplain of the Third Regiment of Minnesota Volunteers. Chaplain of the House in the first Territorial Legislature and of the State Legislature in 1877.

Reverend Chauncy Hobart of Red Wing. Chaplain of the Third Regiment of Minnesota Volunteers. Chaplain of the House in the first Territorial Legislature and of the State Legislature in 1877.

Reverend Chauncey Hobart of Red Wing. Chaplain of the Third Regiment of Minnesota Volunteers. Chaplain of the House in the first Territorial Legislature and of the State Legislature in 1877.

Reverend John Harrison Macomber (standing at center) with Reverend James Franklin Chaffee, Chaucey and Harriet Hobart and Reverend John Hooper at Minnehaha Falls.

Reverend John Harrison Macomber (standing at center) with Reverend James Franklin Chaffee, Chauncey and Harriet Hobart and Reverend John Hooper at Minnehaha Falls

Hobart, Harriet Duncan (1825–1898)

After New York City schoolteacher Harriet Duncan came to Minnesota in 1868, she became an advocate for temperance and women's suffrage. She was president of the Minnesota Woman's Christian Temperance Union (WCTU) for seventeen years and urged the WCTU to work on behalf of women's rights more broadly.

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