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Mary Chandler LOWELL

Female 1864 - 1949  (85 years)


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  • Name Mary Chandler LOWELL 
    Born 18 Jan 1864  Dover-Foxcroft, Piscataquis, Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died 26 Jun 1949  Bangor, Penobscot, Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Rural Grove Cemetery, Dover-Foxcroft, Piscataquis, Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • "She was educated at Dover-Foxcroft, Piscataquis, Maine. Academy, Nichols Latin School at Lewiston, Me., and was grad. by Mt. Holyoke College in 1886, and later with the highest honors of her class from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Boston, Mass.
      Immediately after graduation she was appointed House Surgeon of a New York Hospital, and was called from there to the medical staff of the Maine Insane Hospital, being the first woman on the staff.
      After five years there, in 1891 she was called to Mt. Holyoke College, her Alma Mater to become resident physician and lecturer in physiology, which position she still holds.
      So far as I have been able to ascertain she is the first Lowell woman to grad. at a college.
      Res. Mt. Holyoke Col., So. Hadley, Mass."

      Lived with her mother’s sister, Emily Chandler Hale, and her family during the time of the 1870 and 1880 census.

      1870 Census: ME: Piscataquis: Foxcroft:
      Hale, Elias J., 48, manufacturing and lawyer, judge of probate, born in ME;
      Emily C., 38, keeping house; born in ME;
      Lowell, Mary C., 7, born in ME;
      Hale, Leonard, T, 15, attending school, $1500, $1500, born in ME.

      1880 Census:
      Hale, Elias J. 58, judge of probate, born in ME, father born in CT, mother born in MA;
      Emily C., 47, wife, keeping house, born in ME, father and mother born in ME;
      Lowell, Mary, 17, niece, student, born in ME, father and mother born in ME.

      From “One Hundred Year Biographical Directory of Mount Holyoke College 1837-1937, Bulletin Series 30, no. 5;p published and complied by the Alumnae Association of Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, Massachusetts:

      Mary Chandler Lowell x1885
      Address in 1937: 30 Main St. West Dover-Foxcroft, ME
      MD 1886 College of Physicians and Surgeons
      LLB and JB 1902 Boston University
      JM 1903 Boston University
      Student 1899-1900 Cornell University
      Student 1884-1886
      City Missionary, Boston
      Assistant Superintendent 1886-1891 Maine Insane Hospital Augusta, ME
      Physician and Instructor (physiology) 1891-1899 Mount Holyoke College
      Lawyer 1904-1910
      Research worker
      Auther.

      1900 Census: ME: Piscataquis: Dover-Foxcroft, p. 283:
      Lowell, Mary, boarder, born June 1859, age 40, single, born in ME, father and mother born in ME, physician.

      1910 Census: MA: Suffolk: Boston, p. 107A:
      Lowell, Mary C., age 45, single, born in ME, father and mother born in ME, physician, general practice.

      “Mary (10) Chandler Lowell, b. in Foxroft Me. Jan. 18, 1863, only child of Col. Charles Winthrop and Mary Ester (Chandler) Lowell. Educated at home--a few terms in the public schools; then College and University--Degrees M.D. LL.B J.D. J.M. A very active and full professional life.”

      Unable to locate census records beyond 1910.

      Portland Press Hearld: Tuesday, June 28, 1949:

      “Dr. Mary Chandler Lowell Dies in Bangor Hospital--One of State’s Most Brilliant Women, Was First on Augusta Hospital Hospital Staff
      Bangor June 27 (AP) Dr. Mary Chandler Lowell, 86, one of Maine’s most brilliant women died Sunday night in a Bangor hospital following a long illness. She was retired resident physican and instructor in physiology at Mount Holyoke College.
      She was born at Foxcroft Jan. 18, 1863, the only child of Col. Charles Winthrop and Mary Esther Chandler Lowell. She began her education in the public schools entering Mount Holyoke in 1880 which school she attended for two years. She received her degree of M.D. in 1896 after three years at Boston College of Physicians and Surgeons, later spending several months in Vienna. She then studied a year at Cornell University Law School, Ithaca, N.Y., receiving her LLB and after three years at Boston University, law and jurisprudence degrees of J.D. and J. M.
      She had the unique record of being the first woman student admitted to a surgical clinic in Boston and as the first woman added (by legislative authority) to the staff of the State insane hospital at Augusta.
      As far as is known, Doctor Lowell is the only person to have not only regular degrees in medicine and law but also that of master of jurisprudence. Law had been the profession of her father and her grandfather for many years and she fitted herself to trace titles and do historical and genealogical research, several of them bearing evidence of her diligence.
      She was the author of Genealogy of Chandler-Parsons and Allied Families 1912, History of Old Foxcroft; Ready Reference Directory of Piscataquis County; Monograph: Laws Governing Property of Married Women in Massachusetts, 1903: Medical Education of Women, 1910; Value of Genealogical Research Work as a Pasttime, 1912.
      She was a member of Maine Medical Association, Massachusetts Bar Association, Women’s Lawyer’s Club, Portia Club and Phi Sigma international sciencitic club. She traveled much in the United States and Canada, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. She visited many hospitals and insane asylums in Europe.
      Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Lary Funeral Home, Summer Street, Dover-Foxcroft.
      Cremation will take place in Boston before burial in Rural Grove Cemetery, Dover-Foxcroft.”««s14»», ««s4»» [1, 2]
    Person ID I474  Lowell&Block
    Last Modified 23 Dec 2018 

    Father Captain and Honorable Charles Winthrop LOWELL,   b. 20 Nov 1834, Farmington, Franklin, Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Oct 1877, Dover-Foxcroft, Piscataquis, Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 42 years) 
    Mother Mary Elizabeth CHANDLER,   b. 16 Mar 1837, Dover-Foxcroft, Piscataquis, Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Jan 1864, Dover-Foxcroft, Piscataquis, Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 26 years) 
    Married 7 Jun 1860  Dover-Foxcroft, Piscataquis, Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F170  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Father Elias J. HALE,   b. 28 Jan 1822, Portland, Cumberland, Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Mar 1895, Dover-Foxcroft, Piscataquis, Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years) 
    Mother Emily Sarah CHANDLER,   b. Abt 1832, Dover, Lincoln, Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Mar 1904, Dover-Foxcroft, Piscataquis, Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 72 years) 
    Married 13 May 1858  Portland, Cumberland, Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F1303  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 18 Jan 1864 - Dover-Foxcroft, Piscataquis, Maine, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 26 Jun 1949 - Bangor, Penobscot, Maine, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Rural Grove Cemetery, Dover-Foxcroft, Piscataquis, Maine, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S14] Old Foxcroft Maine: Traditions and Memories with Family Records., Mary Chandler Lowell, M.D., J.M.

    2. [S4] Historic Genealogy of the Lowells of America from 1639 to 1899., Lowell, Delmar R., (Tuttle Company, Rutland, Vt., 1899).