Sarah Porter

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Sarah Porter
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Born(1813-08-16)August 16, 1813
DiedFebruary 18, 1900(1900-02-18) (aged 86)
Known forMiss Porter's School
RelativesNoah Porter (brother)

Sarah Porter (August 16, 1813 – February 18, 1900) was the American educator who founded Miss Porter's School, a private college preparatory school for girls.


She was born in Farmington, Connecticut to Rev. Noah Porter (1781 – 1866) and his wife, Mehetable "Meigs" Porter (1786 – 1874).[1][2] Her older brother, Noah Porter, was President of Yale College from 1871 to 1886.[1]

She was educated at Farmington Academy and at the Young Ladies Institute[3] in New Haven, and, uncharacteristically for women of the time, studied privately with Yale College professors. She taught in Massachusetts, New York and Pennsylvania, and returned to Connecticut in 1843 to found a female counterpart to Simeon Hart's Academy for Boys. Initially, she had only 25 students, but because of the school's expansive curriculum, including the sciences as well as the humanities, the daughters of the affluent soon made it their school of choice, and the school quickly expanded. She was an opponent of women's suffrage but promoted other legal reforms for women.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b Johnson, Rossiter, ed. (1906). "Porter, Sarah". The Biographical Dictionary of America. Vol. 8. American Biographical Society. p. 400.
  2. ^ Peretz, Evgenia (2009-06-09). "The Code of Miss Porter's". Vanity Fair. No. July. ISSN 0733-8899. Retrieved 2021-10-03.
  3. ^ Palmer, Charles Ray. "An Almost Forgotten New Haven Institution". Papers of the New Haven Colony Historical Society, vol. 8 (1914), p. 20-35. Retrieved July 7, 2017.

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