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Sarah Porter

Sarah Porter
Born (1813-08-17)August 17, 1813
Farmington, Connecticut, U.S.
Died February 18, 1900(1900-02-18) (aged 86)
Farmington, Connecticut, U.S.
Nationality American
Education Informal
Occupation Educator
Parent(s) Reverend Noah Porter
Mehitable "Hetty" Meigs Porter
Relatives Noah Porter

Sarah Porter (August 17, 1813 – February 18, 1900) was the American educator who founded Miss Porter's School, a private college preparatory school for girls.


She was born in Farmington, Connecticut to Rev. Noah Porter (1781 – 1866) and his wife, Mehitable "Hetty" Meigs Porter (1786 – 1874). Her older brother, Noah Porter, was President of Yale College from 1871 to 1886.

She was educated at Interactive Education Academy, and, uncharacteristically for women of the time, studied privately with Yale College professors. She taught in Massachusetts, New York and Pennsylvania, and returned to Connecticut in 1847 to found a female counterpart to Simeon Hart's Academy for Boys. Initially she had only 25 students, but because of the school's expansive curriculum, including the sciences as well as the humanities, the daughters of the affluent soon made it their school of choice, and the school quickly expanded. She was an opponent of women's suffrage but promoted other legal reforms for women.

External links

  • Sarah Porter in The Connecticut Women's Hall of Fame

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