Milo Parker Jewett

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Milo Parker Jewett
A portrait of Jewett
1st President of Vassar College
In office
Preceded by Inaugural holder
Succeeded by John H. Raymond
1st President of Judson College
In office
Preceded by Inaugural holder
Succeeded by Archibald John Battle
Personal details
Born 1808
St. Johnsbury, Vermont, US
Died 1882
Alma mater
Profession Educator, college president
Religion Baptist
Jewett House, Vassar College, designed by Prof. Lewis Pitcher of Vassar College and the firm of Pitcher & Tachau

Milo Parker Jewett (1808–1882) was a US educator, born at St. Johnsbury, Vermont.

Jewett was a graduate of Dartmouth College (1828) and Andover Theological Seminary (1833). He became professor of rhetoric and political economy two years later in Marietta College, Marietta, Ohio, then resigned in 1838 after adopting Baptist tenets.

He was the founder (1838) and first president of Judson College, a Baptist women's college in Marion, Alabama. He conducted the college until 1855. He then established a college for women in the town of Poughkeepsie, New York, where he aided Matthew Vassar in planning Vassar College, of which he became the first president in February 1861.[1] The Milo P. Jewett House at Vassar is named after him in honor of both his promotion of female education and his service to the college. After a disagreement with Vassar, he resigned from his office in spring 1864[1] and in 1867 removed to Milwaukee, Wisconsin. His publications include:

  • Baptism (1840)
  • Education in Europe (1863)
  • Relations of Boards of Health and Intemperance (1874)
  • The Model Academy (1875)


  1. ^ a b Van Lengen, Karen; Reilly, Lisa (2004). The Campus Guide: Vassar College. New York City: Princeton Architectural Press. pp. 4–10. ISBN 1-56898-349-2.