Subject: A. Ellen Stanton
Date: 1880
Photographer: M. Cormick
Size: 6.5cm X 10.5cm
Comments:

Teacher of French from 1871 to 1880, Miss Stanton was personally recommended by Mrs. Wheaton to become Principal of the Seminary in 1880. She continued to teach Mental and Moral Science and Butler's Analogy from this date until her retirement as principal in 1897. Miss Stanton was an elegant woman, and had lived in Paris before becoming a teacher. She was principal during a difficult period which saw the development of the public high school system (although Norton did not have a high school until 1901), and a rise in the number of colleges granting degrees to women. Wheaton Seminary's enrollment steadily declined during her tenure, and she resigned in 1897 because she knew that the school needed to change direction. Samuel V. Cole became the first male president immediately after her resignation. A dormitory was named in her honor.

Subject: A. Ellen Stanton
Date: 1880
Photographer: Elmer Chickering
Size: 10.5cm X 16.5cm
Comments:

A. Ellen Stanton not able to attend dedication of Stanton Hall, but wrote of it later:
"Last year just about Christmas time a 'Happy Thought' was sent to me from Wheaton College, which brightened the season and caused me great happiness; to think that my name was to become a permanency where I had spent so many delightful years of my life was indeed a most happy thought to me that could not have been enhanced had I been offered a position in that other 'Temple of Fame', now, perhaps, better known to the world at large." (shepard, p.235-6)



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