May Genevieve  PRESTON

May Genevieve PRESTON

Female 1858 - 1943  (85 years)

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  • Name May Genevieve PRESTON  [1, 2
    Born 10 Sep 1858  New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Gender Female 
    Education 1880  [4
    Graduated from Cornell University 
    Census 1900  Living with husband in Laramie, Albany Co., Wyoming Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Census 1910  Living with husband in Manhattan, New York Co., New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Census 1920  Living with husband in Manhattan, New York Co., New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Died 26 Nov 1943  Ann Arbor, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 4
    Notes 
    • Excerpts from "Graduate and Professional Education":

      The first woman to earn a Ph.D. at Cornell was Mary (May) G. Preston. As described by Charlotte Conable,
      In 1880, Cornell University awarded to may Preston a Ph.D. degree, the first such degree granted to a woman at this institution. After serving as professor of Greek and English, May Preston Slosson moved to Laramie, Wyoming, where she was appointed by the governor to serve as chaplain of the State Penitentiary for Men, reputedly one of the first women to hold such a position.

      May's graduate work was in philosophy and her thesis was entitled "Different Theories of Beauty." She was interviewed by Florence Hazzard many years later and observed that the four faculty who examined her for her degree in 1880 "compromised" on a harder cours for her than was required for male candidates at the time. As May noted, female students at Cornell in that era were "a picked lot," having a deep sense of responsibility. Their conduct had to be "impecable - couldn't be frivolous- were conscious of being pioneers." The examination by this committee was grueling, lasting one week and taking 8 hours per day.
    Person ID I45457  Main Tree

    Father Levi C. PRESTON,   d. Bef 1900 
    Relationship Natural 
    Mother Mary GORSLINE,   b. May 1835, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between 1920 and 1930  (Age ~ 84 years) 
    Relationship Natural 
    Family ID F17152  Group Sheet

    Family Edwin Emery SLOSSON,   b. 07 Jun 1865, Albany, Kansas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Oct 1929, Washington, District of Columbia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years) 
    Married 12 Aug 1891  Centralia, Kansas Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Children 
     1. Preston William SLOSSON,   b. 02 Sep 1892, Laramie, Wyoming Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. May 1984, Knox, Clarion County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 91 years)
     2. Raymond Alfred SLOSSON,   b. 08 Jan 1894, Laramie, Wyoming Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Sep 1900, Laramie, Wyoming Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 6 years)
    Family ID F13900  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 12 Aug 1891 - Centralia, Kansas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1900 - Living with husband in Laramie, Albany Co., Wyoming Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1910 - Living with husband in Manhattan, New York Co., New York Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1920 - Living with husband in Manhattan, New York Co., New York Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 26 Nov 1943 - Ann Arbor, Michigan Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S03663] WorldConnect: Post-em note from Diana Lineman.

    2. [S03336] Slason-Slauson-Slawson-Slosson Family by George C. Slawson dated 1946.

    3. [S00880] 1900 Census Laramie, Albany County, Wyoming.

    4. [S01737] Ancestry.com: Biography & Genealogy Master Index.

    5. [S01100] 1910 Census Manhatten, New York County, New York.

    6. [S01302] 1920 Census Manhattan, New York County, New York.