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May Genevieve PRESTON

May Genevieve PRESTON[1, 2]

Female 1858 - 1943

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  • 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 
    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 
    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
     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
    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.