1880 Ellen Lang Wentworth CDV Photo, dau of G.A. Wentworth, Exeter NH
#1047 Phillips Exeter Academy Alumni & Professor George A. Wentworth
On reverse: "Ellen L. Wentworth May 18,1883 " is beautifully handwritten or hand signed / autographed in old dip pen ink. Photo type: CDV Carte de Visite Photograph, Victorian. Photographer: Anderson, Haverhill, Essex County, Massachusetts MA. (known to be Alfred W. Anderson 1839-1903, born at sea near PEI, Canada and died in Haverhill, age 64. In the photography business there from 1865-1903 at his death)
This is a beautiful signed CDV photo of Ellen Lang Wentworth. Her father was the well known mathemetician and successful writer of school books, George Albert Wentworth 1835–1906. He was born in Exeter, New Hampshire and died in Dover, Strafford County, New Hampshire. He is known as an outstanding teacher and author of many important mathematical textbooks used in 19th c. US schools and and college. A Harvard alumni of in 1858 after graduating form Wakefield Academy and Phillips Exeter Academy, he taught at Phillips Academy for 33 years. We have found extensive bio info on him below. Ellen never married and lived with her father until his death.
Found in Public Genealogy Records:
The New England Historical And Genealogical Register C 1907 Volume Lxi.: Ix N.E. Historic Genealogical Society: "George Albert Wentworth, A.M., of Exeter, New Hampshire, a member since 1900, was born in Wakefield, New Hampshire, eluly 31, 1835, and died in Dover, New Hampshire, May 24, 1906. His death occurred suddenly in the Boston and Maine Railroad sta- tion at Dover. He was returning from York Harbor, and while awaiting his train succumbed to valvular disease of the heart. He was the youngest child of Edmund and Eliza (Lang) Wenworth, and a descendant of Elder William Wentworth, a signer of the Exeter NH Combination in 1639, through Ephraim' and Mary (Miller), Ephraim and Martha (Grant), Spencer and Sarah (Stiles) and Edmund. He acquired his early education in the district school and old-time academy of his native town and entered Phillips Exeter Academy in 1852. His expenses were largely defrayed by his own earnings. He remained at the Academy for the advanced year, and entered the sophomore class at Harvard, where he was graduated with high rank in 1858. During the course, he taught several terms at Kingston, Massachusetts, and in the spring of 1858, while still an undergraduate, returned to the Academy as instructor in ancient languages. A year later he was elected professor of mathematics. This part he filled with consummate ability until his resignation in 1892, after a service of thirty-four years. In 1899, he was again called to the Academy's service as a trustee, and until his death remained a highly valued member of the board. As pupil, teacher, and trustee, and had thus been identified with the Academy for forty five years, and he was acting principal in 1883-84, and 1889-90. He had been also a large benefactor of the school. In 1897 he gave $4,000 towards a permanent mathematical fund; in 1903 nearly $17,000, half the cost of Hoyt Hall; and bequeathed $10,000 more towards the mathematical fund. He was an author of matliematical text-books of high reputation and wide circulation. The series numbered about forty separate titles. His works yielded him and his publishers large profits. He was a zealous member of the First Parish and a public spirited citizen; served for a long period on the town's committee of appropriations; and was a director and president of the Exeter Banking Company. He possessed great strength of body and mind, and, in abounding measure, qualities that compelled admiration and esteem. On August 3, 1864, he was married to Emily J. Hatch of Covington, Kentucky, (Kenton County) a member of an old and influential Exeter family. Her death occurred May 1, 1895. Their surviving children were two sons, George and Edmund H. Wentworth, and a daughter, Ellen L. Wentworth."
Granite State Magazine An Illustrated Monthly Devoted to the History, Story, Scenery, Industry and Interest of New Hampshire, Edited By George Waldo Browne, Volume I. January to June, 1906, Manchester, N.H.: Granite State Publishing Company 1906: "PROF. GEORGE A. WENTWORTH was born in Wakefield August 21, 1845, and died suddenly in the Dover depot, while on his way to York, Maine, May 24, 1906. Professor Wentworth was one of America's foremost mathematicians and was the author of numerous text books. Receiving his preliminary education in the schools of his native town, he took a course at Phillips Exeter Academy, and graduated from Harvard College in the class of '58. Returning then to Exeter, he was connected with the academy there for over forty years, filling the chair of professor of mathematics for thirty-two years. He became one of, the leading citizens of the town, and gave liberally to the academy. He is survived by two sons, George of York, Me., and Edmund H. of Exeter, and one daughter, Miss Ellen L., with whom he made his home."
It appears Ellen Wentworth went to the best schools and graduated from Smith, class of 1883. We believe this is her May 1883 graduation photo, how wonderful! It is beautifully signed.
Ellen was extremely active in elite social doings, donated her father's books to Brown College, New Hampshire College, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard, and was a Wentworth family genealogy researcher. She belonged to the Historical Society and also traveled abroad.
It appears she never married and was close to her father and the old family home. She attended 4 years of college. She was the 1888 Class secretary for the "Smith Alumnae Quarterly" and lived at 2 Lincoln Street, Exeter, NH. Ellen died at age 87 and is buried at Exeter Cemetery in Exeter, Rockingham County, New Hampshire with her beloved family.
This is an important DAR, Daughters of the American Revolution and SAR Sons of the American Revolutionary War Wentworth family. This beautiful photo was found in Chester, Windsor County, Vermont.
Size: 2.5 x 4 inches
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