1840 - 1903
Martha E. W. Vose
Martha Eliza Waldo Vose, a sixth generation descendant of
Vose maintained or exceeded normal enrollment rates during her term, according to the board. She also stressed that her teachers advise their students to realize “one thing well learned, is better than a dozen, half committed and not half comprehended.” With this as her motto, it is no surprise that her pupils were required to write reviews of all four subjects every third or fourth lesson.
Vose resigned from Wheaton’s principalship in 1842 and, on 18 October 1847, she married the Reverend Alfred Emerson in Andover, MA. Her friendship with Mrs. Wheaton gave her continued influence at the Seminary, and she had a say in the hiring of Elizabeth Cate as principal in 1847 and A. Ellen Stanton as principal in 1880.
Alfred Emerson became one of the most influential of Wheaton Seminary’s trustees, and the couple
Martha Vose Emerson died in Brookline, MA, in 1903. Emerson Dining Hall, built in 1908, is named for the family.