North American Scholar

FRANKLIN, Susan Braley

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  • Date of Birth (YYYY-MM-DD): 1868-06-06
  • Born City: Newort
  • Born State/Country: RI
  • Parents: William B., a banker, & Mary Adeline Baker F.
  • Date of Death (YYYY-MM-DD): 1955-04-24
  • Death City: Newport
  • Death State/Country: RI
  • Education:

    A.B. Bryn Mawr, 1889; Ph.D., 1896.

  • Professional Experience:

    Fellow in Greek, Bryn Mawr, 1889-90; fellow by courtesy in Greek & grad student, 1890-1903; American fellowship, Association of Collegiate Alumnae, 1892-3; student at ASCSA & Berlin, 1888-90; instructive. Latin, Vassar, 1893-7; teacher Greek & Latin, Miss Florence Baldwin's School, (Bryn Mawr), 1897-8, 1899-1904; head, classical dept. Ethical Culture School (NY), 1904-33.

  • Dissertation:

    "Traces of Epic Influence in the Tragedies of Aeschylus" (Bryn Mawr, 1896).

  • Notes:

    Susan B. Franklin came from an old Newport, RI, family. After study and travel in Europe, she settles in to teaching at Vassar, but felt her true calling was in preparatory schools. After a stint at Miss Baldwin's School, she joined the staff of a school founded in 1878 by Felix Adler at age 24 as The Workingman's School, a school for the children of the lower classes. Its reputation grew quickly and by 1890 the school began accepting the children of the wealthy and charging tuition. In 1895 its name was changed to the Ethical Culture School  and in 1903 to became supported by the New York Society for Ethical Culture. Franklin joined the next year, when it moved into its landmark Manhattan building at 33 Central Park West. The school maintained its reputation for economic diversity, but is recognized as an Ivy Preparation School. Franklin retired to her family home in The Hill section of Newport, where she met a tragic end at the age of 86, raped and murdered in her home. 

  • Sources:

    The News-Review (Roseburg, OR) (25 April 1955) 1; Woman's Who was Who 1914-45 305.