- Margaret M. Thomas
Emerson, Joseph (13 October 1777–14 May 1833), educator, minister, and author, was born in Hollis, New Hampshire, the son of Daniel Emerson and Ama Fletcher. He entered Harvard College in 1794, graduating in 1798. Emerson taught briefly at the Framingham Academy in Massachusetts before entering Cambridge University to study for the ministry. While there and immediately after, he was a college tutor in math, geography, and natural philosophy. He was ordained in 1801 and in that year, inspired by the writings of Hannah More, began to write privately about the importance of educating women. Returning to the United States, he was appointed pastor of the Congregational church in Beverly, Massachusetts, in 1803....