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Kate Sanborn  1839 ~ 1917


Kate Sanborn

Is a native of New Hampshire, and was the daughter of Professor Sanborn, who occupied the chair of Latin and English literature, at Dartmouth College, for nearly fifty years. Miss Sanborn is a descendant of Captain Ebenezer Webster, the eminent Revolutionary hero, and grand-niece of Daniel Webster.

Her literary talents were developed by her father, who privately instructed her in the regular college course, and at eleven years of age she was a contributor to the Well-Spring, and at seventeen supported herself by her pen. She became an instructor in elocution at the Packer Institute at Brooklyn, and for five years filled the chair of English literature at Smith College. Miss Sanborn was the originator of Current Event classes in many of the literary clubs, and now so common in every city of the United States in the form of Current Topics classes.

Among her best-known works are "Adopting an Abandoned Farm," and "Abandoning an Adopted Farm," "Witty Records" of her original ideas regarding farming, which she put into practice upon an abandoned farm which she purchased near Boston. Some of her other books are "Home Pictures of English Poets," "A Truthful Woman in Southern California," "Vanity and Insanity; Shadows of Genius," "Purple and Gold," "Grandmother's Garden," and "My Literary Zoo."

She has been instrumental in gathering and publishing a valuable historical work on New Hampshire. Few women are so versatile and have reached superiority in so many lines of work as has Miss Sanborn. She is teacher, reviewer, compiler, essayist, lecturer, author, and farmer, and is famous for her cooking and housekeeping.

Women of America

Source: The Part Taken by Women in American History, By Mrs. John A. Logan, Published by The Perry-Nalle Publishing Company, Wilmington, Delaware, 1912.


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