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BOHN, Maud Thompson

  • Date of Birth: 1870
  • Born City: Cincinnati
  • Born State/Country: OH
  • Parents: Charles L. & Mary Boyd T.
  • Date of Death: September 27, 1962
  • Death City: Port Chester
  • Death State/Country: NY
  • Married: William E. Bohn, 1909
  • Education:

    Study at Columbia, 1897-9; A.B. Wellesley, 1901, M.A., 1902; Ph.D., Yale, 1906.

  • Dissertation:

    “The Property Rights of Women in Ancient Greece” (Yale, 1906).

  • Professional Experience:

    Greek & Latin teacher, Irving Female College (Mechanicsburg, PA). 1902-4; Latin & history, Detroit Seminary, 1906-8; Freelance lecturer on socialism & suffrage, 1908-13; history teacher, School of Organic Education (Fairhope, AL) (now Marietta Johnson School of Organic Education), 1917-18; head, dept. Latin, Mrs. Beard’s School (Orange, NJ) (now Morristown-Beard School), 1918-26; teacher and head of academic department of high school, Edgewood School (Greenwich, CT) (now Edge Hill School),1926-42; teacher, High Mowing School (Wilton, NH), 1942-56. 

  • Notes:

    Even as an undergraduate, Maud Thompson was passionate about the vote for women. With a classmate she founded Agora, a society for the discussion of political issues. Following her degree from Yale, she lectured locally on social and political issues to activist groups, notably following the strike by silk workers in Paterson, NJ, in 1913.  She continued to teach at various private schools in the northeastern United States, while she maintained her schedule of lectures on Women’s rights from 1906 to 1917. She served on the Educational Committee from 1910-17 and established a bureau of speakers on methods and practices in the school and the state of American education. She retired from teaching at the age of 86.

  • Sources:

    Women’s Who’s Who of America, 111; obituary, NYTimes (September 27, 1962) 37; Margaret Trumbull Corwin, “Doctors of Philosophy,” Alumnae: Graduate School, Yale University, 1894-1920 (New Haven: Yale, 1920) 15.

  • Author: Ward Briggs