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“J” is for Judson, Mary Camilla (1828-1920)

“J” is for Judson, Mary Camilla (1828-1920). Educator. Born in Connecticut, Judson studied with private tutors and in the Yale College library. In 1857 she moved to Greenville where her brother taught at Furman University. For several years she served as Lady Principal of the Johnson Female University in Anderson and then taught at Greenville Baptist Female College. In 1868 Judson went north to teach at private schools. In 1874 she returned to the struggling Female College where she became Lady Principal in 1878. She brought with her a faith in the ability of young women to learn and excel. Judson taught nearly every subject in the college curriculum and started the first club for women in Greenville where girls wrote papers and debated topics. Mary Camilla Judson retired from teaching at the age of eighty-three.

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Dr. Walter Edgar has two programs on South Carolina Public Radio: Walter Edgar's Journal, and South Carolina from A to Z. Dr. Edgar received his B.A. degree from Davidson College in 1965 and his Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina in 1969. After two years in the army (including a tour of duty in Vietnam), he returned to USC as a post-doctoral fellow of the National Archives, assigned to the Papers of Henry Laurens.