Wesleyan College
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Wesleyan College, located in Macon, GA, was the first women liberal arts college in the world. Chartered on December 23, 1836, it was originally known as the Georgia Female College and was non-denominational. However, the Methodist Episcopal Church acquired it in 1839, making Methodism the first denomination to offer a liberal arts education to women. The institution changed its name to Wesleyan Female College in 1843, and then it adopted its present name, Wesleyan College, in 1917.

The United Methodist Church continues its affiliation with Wesleyan today and has designated it a historic landmark.
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Wesleyan Female College- Internet Archive- from The Story of Georgia and the Georgia People by George Gillman Smith

First diploma granted by Wesleyan College- Hathi Trust- from History of Alpha Delta Pi by Jessica North MacDonald

Georgia Female College- Hathi Trust- from Georgia Illustrated in a Series of Views by William C. Richards

George Pierce, first president of Wesleyan Female College- Internet Archive- from The Life and Times of George Foster Pierce by George G. Smith

Wesleyan College Campus- Flickr- photo by Jennifer Pack (CC BY-NC 2.0)
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Bucke, Emory Stevens, 1964. The History of American Methodism. Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press.
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Benjamin T. Gurrentz
Affliated with: Pennsylvania State University, Ph.D. in Sociology

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