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Caroline Hazard 1856 ~ 1945


Caroline Hazard, educator, was born at Oakwoods, Peace Dale, Rhode Island, June 10, 1856 daughter of Rowland and Margaret (Rood) Hazard, grand-daughter of Rowland Gibson and Caroline (Newbold) Hazard and of the ninth generation from Thomas Hazard, the founder of the town of Newport, Rhode Island.

She was liberally educated primarily in a private school, and for ten years as a member of a class of twenty women conducted by Professor Jeremiah Lewis Diman, D.D., of Brown University. She was elected president of the board of trustees of the South Kingston High School; maintained the kindergarten in Peace Dale; was president of a King's Daughters circle in Peace Dale and became a member of the "Society of Colonial Dames."

She also is listed as organizing the Narragansett Choral Society in 1889, and instituted free Sunday afternoon concerts held in the Hartford Memorial Building, Peace Dale. This building was erected as a memorial to her grandfather, Rowland Gibson Hazard. During her tour of the old world 1876-77, she added to her knowledge of political economy, art and literature.

In 1899 she was elected president of Wellesley College, Wellesley, Massachusetts, as successor to Mrs. Julia J. Irvine. She was elected a member of the Rhode Island Historical Society and of the New England Historical and Genealogical Society. The University of Michigan conferred upon her the degree of M.A., and Brown University the degree of Litt.D., in 1899. She published "Memoirs of Professor J. Lewis Diman" (1886); "College Tom"; "A Study of Life in Narragansett in the Eighteenth Century by his Grandson's Granddaughter," (1893); "Narragansett Ballads, with Songs and Lyrics," (1894); and "The Narragansett Friends' Meeting in the Eighteenth Century," (1899); she also edited philosophical works of her grandfather, Rowland Gibson Hazard, (1899); and contributed to magazines.

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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