Emily Jordan Folger - Early Life and Career

Early Life and Career

Emily Jordan was born in Ironton, Ohio. Her father Edward Jordan served as Solicitor of the Treasury Department under Presidents Abraham Lincoln and Andrew Johnson, and her family lived in Washington, D.C., for that part of her childhood. Emily Jordan attended Vassar College, where she belonged to literary clubs and was the president of her class. After graduating from Vassar in 1879, she worked in Brooklyn for six years as an instructor in the college-prep section of a private girls' school, Miss Hotchkiss's Nassau Institute.

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