Livonia Benedict, c.1830
Albion College Professor and Preceptress
Female College Graduate
Class of 1851
Miss Livonia Benedict attended the Female College in Albion during the spring term of 1851 and graduated from that institution in the class of that year. She then resumed her studies in the Michigan Central College, then at Spring Arbor, but later removed to Hillsdale. She had attended this institution from its first term in the spring of 1845 and graduated in the class of 1852 in the full classical course, being the first woman in Michigan to receive the degree of Bachelor of Arts.
In 1853 she returned to Albion College as Professor of Latin and Greek, teaching till her marriage in October 1854 to the late Rev. Dr. W.H. Perrine who was twice a professor in Albion College. During his seven years in the institution she was professor of mathematics for two years and again in 1872 during the spring term she taught and supplied the place of “preceptress” in the ladies’ boarding hall in the old “Central building.”
Miss Benedict was also a relative of Col. Moses Benedict, a member of the Board of Trustees of Spring Arbor Seminary. Both Col. Benedict and Miss Benedict were residents of Spring Arbor. Miss Benedict and a Moses Benedict Jr. are listed in the article as among the first students to enroll in the institution at Spring Arbor which was founded there after the predecessor of Albion College was transferred from Spring Arbor to Albion.
Source: Gildart, Robert. Albion College, 1835-1960, A History. Chicago: Donnelley Lakeside Press, 1961.