Sunderland, Eliza R., 1839-1910

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Lecturer, educator, author and advocate of women's rights from Ann Arbor, Michigan.

From the description of Eliza Jane Read Sunderland papers, 1865-1910. (University of Michigan). WorldCat record id: 77751089

From the description of Eliza Jane Read Sunderland papers, 1865-1910. (University of Michigan). WorldCat record id: 34419693

Eliza Jane Read Sunderland was a lecturer, educator, author and advocate of women's rights during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. A native of Huntsville, Illinois, she graduated from Mount Holyoke Seminary in Massachusetts in 1865. After declining an offer to teach at Mount Holyoke, she returned to Illinois to become a teacher at Aurora High School. She soon became principal of this school, serving in this position for four years.

She left Aurora in 1871, upon her marriage to Unitarian clergyman Jabez T. Sunderland, but continued to teach in the various towns where he was a minister. During the 1880s, when her husband was the minister of the First Unitarian Church of Ann Arbor, Mrs. Sunderland entered the University of Michigan. Here she received her B.A. degree in 1889 and her doctorate in philosophy in 1892. Sunderland was one of the earliest women to receive a doctorate from the University of Michigan. Her thesis entitled "Man's Relation to the Absolute According to Kant and Hegel" was written under the supervision of Professor John Dewey .

Sunderland was an exceptional woman not only for the level of her education but also for the career that she made for herself. Unlike most churches in the nineteenth century, the Unitarian Church allowed women to enter the ministry. Although she never became a minister, Sunderland often took her husband's place in the pulpit as well as giving guest sermons in other Unitarian Churches. She was also an editor besides writing extensively for literary and religious papers and magazines of the day. And she was involved in different women's organizations. From 1886 to 1895, she served on the National Board of the Association for the Advancement of Women . In 1893, she served as one of the main speakers at the Women's Congress of the World's Columbian Exposition, and in 1907, she was elected to the school board in Hartford, Connecticut, becoming the first women to serve on that body.

Eliza Read Sunderland died March 3, 1910 in Hartford, Connecticut where she had moved in 1906.

From the guide to the Eliza Jane Read Sunderland Papers, 1865-1910, (Bentley Historical Library University of Michigan)

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creatorOf OAC Review Index. College life : great expectations, OAC Review, v.35, no.5, Jan. 1923, p.202-203. University of Guelph
creatorOf Safford family. Safford and Sunderland family papers, 1826-1987 (bulk 1890-1940). University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
creatorOf Sunderland, Florence. Florence Sunderland papers, 1897-1909 and undated. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Jabez Thomas Sunderland Papers, 1868-1936 Bentley Historica Library University of Michigan
creatorOf Sunderland, Eliza Read, 1839-1910. Eliza Jane Read Sunderland papers, 1865-1910. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Safford Sunderland Family Papers, 1826-1987, 1890-1940 Bentley Historica Library University of Michigan
creatorOf Sunderland, Eliza Jane Read, 1839-1910. Eliza Jane Read Sunderland papers, 1865-1910. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
creatorOf Eliza Jane Read Sunderland Papers, 1865-1910 Bentley Historica Library University of Michigan
referencedIn Sunderland, Jabez Thomas, 1842-1936. Jabez Thomas Sunderland photograph series. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Papers of Professor Henry William Wilder Foote and Family, 1714-1959 Andover-Harvard Theological Library
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associatedWith Adams, Henry C. (Henry Carter), 1851-1921. person
associatedWith Angell, James Burrill, 1829-1916. person
associatedWith Association for the Advancement of Women. corporateBody
associatedWith Augusta Chapin person
associatedWith Chapin, Augusta J., d. 1905. person
associatedWith Collyer, Robert, 1823-1912. person
associatedWith Connecticut Woman Suffrage Association. corporateBody
associatedWith Crane, Caroline Bartlett, 1858-1935. person
associatedWith Dewey, John, 1859-1952. person
associatedWith Edward Hale person
associatedWith Eliot, Samuel Atkins, 1862-1950. person
associatedWith Gannett, William C. (William Channing), 1840-1923 person
associatedWith Hale, Edward Everett, 1822-1909. person
associatedWith Henry Carter Adams person
associatedWith Howe, Julia Ward, 1819-1910. person
associatedWith James B. Angell person
associatedWith Jenkin Lloyd Jones person
associatedWith John Dewey person
associatedWith Jones, Jenkin Lloyd, 1843-1918. person
associatedWith Jordan, Myra Beach, 1863-1946. person
associatedWith Julia Ward Howe person
associatedWith Lucinda H. Stone person
associatedWith Michigan Equal Suffrage Association. corporateBody
associatedWith Michigan Equal Suffrage Association. corporateBody
associatedWith Michigan State Federation of Women's Clubs. corporateBody
associatedWith Myra B. Jordan person
associatedWith National Alliance of Unitarian and other Liberal Christian Women. corporateBody
associatedWith OAC Review Index. corporateBody
associatedWith Robert Collyer person
associatedWith Safford family. family
associatedWith Safford Family. family
associatedWith Scott, Fred Newton, 1860-1931. person
associatedWith Stone, Lucinda Hinsdale, 1814-1900. person
associatedWith Stone, Lucinda Hinsdale, 1814-1900. person
associatedWith Sunderland, Florence. person
associatedWith Sunderland, Jabez Thomas, 1842-1936. person
associatedWith Tufts, James Hayden, 1862-1942. person
associatedWith University of Michigan corporateBody
associatedWith William C. Gannett person
associatedWith Women's Western Unitarian Conference. corporateBody
associatedWith Women's Western Unitarian Conference. corporateBody
associatedWith World's Columbian Exposition (1893: Chicago, Ill.) corporateBody
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Michigan
United States
Ann Arbor (Mich.)
Ann Arbor (Mich.)
Ann Arbor (Mich.)
Subject
Unitarian churches
Women--Suffrage
Education
Unitarian church
Women's rights--Michigan
Women--Suffrage--Michigan
Education--United States
Women's rights
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Birth 1839

Death 1910

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