Pierce, Sarah, 1767-1852
Sarah Pierce, also known as Sally Pierce, was born in Litchfield, Connecticut on June 26, 1767, the youngest of the 7 children of Mary (Paterson) and John Pierce. Her mother died when she was 3 years old and her father remarried. At the death of her father, when she was fourteen, Sarah and her sister Nancy went to New York City for a formal education. In 1792 she started teaching girls in her home and by 1798 the school became so successful that an Academy building was built. Her nephew John Pierce Brace became the director in 1827, but she continued to teach, focusing on her favorite subject - history. Sarah Pierce died in Litchfield on Jan. 19, 1852 and was buried in the West Burying Ground
Citation:Author: Lee S. Cook
Found in 6 Collections and/or Records:
Babbitt family papers
Anthony Kroll engravings
56 impressions from a steel plate engraved by Anthony Kroll, "In memory of Sarah Pierce pioneer in the higher education of women from 1792 to 1833," undated. The engraving is based on an etching by Bernhardt Wall, who based his work on an art work by James Calvert Smith.
Litchfield Female Academy collection
"Litchfield Hill" from Harper's New Monthly Magazine
"Litchfield Hill," is an article from Harper's New Monthly Magazine, 2013-112-0, about the town of Litchfield during the Revolutionary War and some of its most famous residents from the later 18th and early 19th centuries: Tapping Reeve, Sarah Pierce, Oliver Wolcott, James Gould, and Benjamin Tallmadge.
Pierce family correspondence
Lyman Beecher Stowe speech
Speech delivered by Lyman Beecher Stowe at the celebration of Litchfield's bicenennial. He remarked on his ancestors and their connection to Litchfield and his appreciation of some of the memorable citizens of Litchfield, including Sarah Pierce, Charles Loring Brace, Oliver Wolcott, Benjamin Tallmadge, Tapping Reeve, James Gould, and John Pierpont.