Katharine Coman

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Katharine Coman

Katharine Coman (23 November 1857 – 11 January 1915) was an American social activist, historian and economist. She specialized in teaching about the development of the American West. Wellesley College named a professorship in her honor.

She was born to Levi Parsons Coman and Martha Seymour in Newark, Ohio, and graduated from the University of Michigan in 1880.

She was professor of history (1883–1900), then chaired the Economics Department, and was dean of Wellesley College. Coman lived in a Boston marriage with fellow professor Katharine Lee Bates (author of "America the Beautiful") for 25 years, from 1890 until Coman's death from breast cancer in 1915.[1]


  • The Growth of the English Nation (1894)
  • History of England (1899)
  • A Short history of England with Elizabeth Kendall
  • English History Told by English Poets (1902) (ISBN 0-8369-6097-1) with Katharine Lee Bates
  • Industrial History of the United States (1905; revised 1911)
  • Economic Beginnings of the Far West (1912)

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