Today in History: Grace Hoadley Dodge Is Born

| May 21, 2019

tctf16_campaign-2“It would be difficult to discover a more gracious example of Christian philanthropy and social humanitarianism than Grace Hoadley Dodge.”
— Lawrence A. Cremin, David A.Shannon, Mary Evelyn Townsend, A History of Teachers College, p. 10.

On May 21st, 1856, Grace Hoadley Dodge was born in Manhattan to Sarah Tappan and William Heard Dodge. She was the eldest for six children and the granddaughter of William E. Dodge, United States Representative from New York. Grace was mostly home-educated under private tutors, and she dedicated her life to philanthropic work, from her work in churches and the Children’s Aid Society, to the founding of the Kitchen Garden Association and her role as treasurer for the New York College for the Training of Teachers, which became known as Teachers College, Columbia University.  She took a special interest in the welfare and education of working girls, and became the first woman to be appointed to the New York City Board of Education. Grace Dodge never married and left her estate, valued at just under $7,000,000 to religious, charitable, and educational institutions after she died on December 27th, 1914.

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  • Grace Hoadley Dodge, Courtesy of Teachers College, Columbia University
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