Emma Willard Statue

Seminary Park, Troy, NY

Bronze seated statue by Alexander Doyle cast in 1895


Emma H. Willard by Alexander Doyle

Photo taken by Richard Doody in 2004



Emma Hart Willard established Middlebury Female Seminary in 1814, which moved to Waterford, NY and then to the present site of Sage Hall at Russell Sage College as Troy Female Seminary (now the Emma Willard School in Mount Ida) in 1821.

The seated figure of Willard by Alexander Doyle recalls her comment that a lady could make a public speech only if she were seated, for then the speech became conversation. The monument was erected at a cost of $8,000 by the Alumni Association of the Emma Willard School..

"In honor of Emma Hart Willard who on this spot established AD 1821 the first permanent seminary in America for the advanced education of women Erected by her pupils and friends. AD 1895 Her most enduring monument the gratitude of educated woman."

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  • March 8, 2019: New photo from Richard Doody
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