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Laura Drake Gill. Courtesy of the Library of Congress (LC-USZ62-112012 ).


Gill, Laura Drake (24 August 1860–03 February 1926), educational administrator and reformer, was born in Chesterville, Maine, the daughter of Elisha Gill and Hulda Capen. Following the death of her father in 1873, Gill’s maternal aunt, Bessie T. Capen, brought her to Northampton, Massachusetts, where she matriculated at Smith College, graduating in 1881 with a degree in mathematics. For the next seventeen years, Gill taught mathematics at her aunt’s school for girls. While teaching at Miss Capen’s School, she earned a master’s degree in mathematics from Smith College and in 1893 pursued additional graduate study at the Universities of Leipzig and Geneva and at the Sorbonne....