Mary Garrett

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Mary Garrett
Mary Elizabeth Garrett.JPG
portrait by John Singer Sargent
Born 5 March 1854
Nationality American
Known for Bryn Mawr College, philanthropist

Mary Elizabeth Garrett (5 March 1854 - 1915) was an American suffragist and philanthropist.


Mary Garrett was the daughter of John W. Garrett, a philanthropist and president of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad (B&O). She became the wealthiest "spinster woman" in the country with demise of her father.

Garrett helped found the Bryn Mawr College for women. She also endowed the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and secured the rights of women to attend thus making it the first co-educational, graduate-level medical school in the United States.[1]

At her death, she gave $15,000,000 to M. Carey Thomas, the president of Bryn Mawr College, with whom she was romantically involved and had lived with at Bryn Mawr in the Deanery.[2]

She is buried in Green Mount Cemetery, Baltimore, MD.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ The Philanthropy Hall of Fame, Mary Garrett
  2. ^ Lillian Faderman, Odd Girls and Twilight Lovers: A History of Lesbian Life in Twentieth-Century America, Penguin Books Ltd, 1991, page 30. ISBN 0-231-07488-3
  3. ^ Sander, Kathleen Waters (2008). Mary Elizabeth Garrett : society and philanthropy in the Gilded Age. Baltimore, Md.: Johns Hopkins University Press. ISBN 9780801888700. 

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 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainGilman, D. C.; Thurston, H. T.; Moore, F., eds. (1905). "article name needed". New International Encyclopedia (1st ed.). New York: Dodd, Mead.