“A” is for Adams, Mattie Jean
“A” is for Adams, Mattie Jean [1873-1974]. Educator. In 1896, Adams, a native of Utopia in Newberry County, entered the junior class at South Carolina College. Two years later, in 1898, she was awarded a B.A. degree—the first woman to graduate from what is now the University of South Carolina. Adams established herself as a leader in the field of education. For eighteen years she served as the head of the Department of English at Meridian College in Mississippi. From 1900 to 1903 she took a leave of absence from Meridian to serve as organizer for the South Carolina Women's Christian Temperance Union. She traveled extensively throughout Europe and contributed articles on her travels to The State newspaper. Mattie Jean Adams later did graduate work at Oxford University in England and Columbia University in New York.