• Creator
  • Kirkland
  • Description
  • Asa Shinn Mercer (1839-1918) was hired as the first instructor and was therefore the first president of the University of Washington in Seattle in 1864. He was responsible for a plan to bring the Mercer Girls to Washington Territory in 1864 from Lowell, Massachusetts. The young women were to work as teachers and served to increase the number of marriageable women in a Territory populated chiefly by young bachelors. Asa Mercer married one of th... more
    Asa Shinn Mercer (1839-1918) was hired as the first instructor and was therefore the first president of the University of Washington in Seattle in 1864. He was responsible for a plan to bring the Mercer Girls to Washington Territory in 1864 from Lowell, Massachusetts. The young women were to work as teachers and served to increase the number of marriageable women in a Territory populated chiefly by young bachelors. Asa Mercer married one of the "Mercer Girls," Annie E. Stephens, on July 15, 1866. less
  • Format
  • Photograph
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    Scanned from a photographic print using a Microtek Scanmaker 9600XL at 100 dpi in JPEG format at compression rate 6 and resized to 768x512 ppi. 2003