Sarah Louise Judd

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Sarah Louise Judd (1802–1886) was probably the first commercial photographer in Minnesota. She also established the first schools in the area of Stillwater, Minnesota.


Born in Farmington, Connecticut, she moved first to Marine, Illinois, (c. 1832) before settling in Stillwater, Minnesota in 1845. She founded the first schools at Point Douglas, Minnesota (1845) and Stillwater (1846). A county history from 1881 states that she made "daguerrotypes first in the spring of 1848 and continued in Stillwater two years." In January 1849 she married Ariel Eldridge (1816–1896). She also taught at the first school in Marine Mills, Minnesota in 1849. She died in Stillwater in 1886.[1]


  1. ^ Palmquist, Peter E.; Kailbourn, Thomas R. (2005). Pioneer Photographers from the Mississippi to the Continental Divide: A Biographical Dictionary, 1840-1865. Stanford University Press. pp. 366–. ISBN 978-0-8047-4057-9. Retrieved 22 March 2013.