"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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- Clubs Of Working Girls: The Subject Of An Interesting Talk By Miss Grace Dodge. (1891, Oct 13). Chicago Daily Tribune (1872-1922)
- Fourteen Years Old: Grace Dodge Tells About the Working Girls Clubs (1897, Apr 08). New - York Tribune (1866-1899)
- Learning To Co-Operate: Working Girls' Clubs Teach the Members To Labor Together For Mutual Advantage: Miss Grace Dodge, President Of The New-York Association Talks About the Work and Describes the House In Thirty-Eighth-St. (1898, Jan 17). New - York Tribune (1866-1899)
- Housekeeping as a Science Being Studied Everywhere. (1910, Apr 10). The Washington Post (1877-1922)
- Grace Dodge Dead; Noted For Charities: First Woman To Serve On Board Of Education ;- Founded Teachers College. (1914, Dec 28). New York Times (1857-1922)
- Fortune To Charity From Grace Dodge: Will Shows Gifts Of $700,000 To Y.W.C.A. AND $500,000 To Teachers College. (1915, Jan 05). New York Times (1857-1922)
- Laud Miss Dodge As Girls' Friend: Impressive Memorial Service Participated In By Fourteen Associations. Seth Low The Chairman Ex-President Of Columbia Tells How Woman Philanthropist Developed the Idea Of Teachers College. (1915, Feb 10). New York Times (1857-1922)
- Graham, A. (1926, Jun 20). Merchant of Dreams: Grace H. Dodge. New York Herald Tribune (1926-1962)
- Avirett, W. G. (1944, Nov 12). Teachers College To Celebrate Its 50th Birthday Wednesday: Inaugural Ceremony To Be Reproduced in Horace Mann Auditorium; School Grew From Move To Teach Home-Making To Working Girls. New York Herald Tribune (1926-1962)
- Nordlinger, S. E. (1959, Aug 30). Where Teachers Are Taught. The Sun (1837-1993)
- Grace Hoadley Dodge, Courtesy of Teachers College, Columbia University
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