Woman of the Century/Emma Atwood Edwards
EDWARDS, Mrs. Emma Atwood, educator, born in East Pittston, Maine, 6th November, 1838. Her father, Rev. Charles Baker, a Methodist itinerant, was the chief promoter of education in the Maine Conference in that time, and fully alive to the importance of mental and moral training. Mrs. Edwards was graduated from the academy in Newbury, Vt, in i860. She engaged at once in teaching, and, while preceptress in Amenia Seminary, she became acquainted with her future husband. Rev. James T. Edwards, D.D., LL.D., who was at that time one of the professors in the seminary. EMMA ATWOOD EDWARDS. Immediately after their marriage, in 1862, she became associated with him in teaching in East Greenwich Academy, Rhode Island, over which for six years he presided as principal. In 1S70 Professor Edwards became principal of Chamberlain Institute, Randolph, N. Y., and Mrs. Edwards has been since that time associated with him as preceptress. Holding herself to the highest ideals of attainment possible, she is able to hold those under her charge to similar ideals, and thus confer upon them the greatest of benefits. Several thousand students have felt the molding influence of her elevated character.