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Abbie Park Ferguson (April 4, 1837, Whately, Massachusetts - March 25, 1919) was founder and president of Huguenot College. After graduating in 1856 from Mount Holyoke Female Seminary, Massachusetts, Abbie Park Ferguson taught in America before travelling to Paris to teach, where she became caught up in the Franco-Prussian War. She returned to Connecticut to work in city missions and in 1873, at the invitation of Rev. Andrew Murray, sailed to Cape Colony where in the following year she founded the Huguenot Seminary in Wellington, the first institution of higher learning for women in the country, which in 1898 became a college with Ferguson as President.
Abbie Park Ferguson and Anna Bliss
She graduated from Mount Holyoke College (then Mount Holyoke Female Seminary) in 1856. She taught in Niles, Michigan until 1858 and later in New Haven, Connecticut from 1867 until 1873. In 1873 Ferguson and another Mount Holyoke graduate (1862), Anna Bliss, moved to Cape Town, South Africa and established the first women's college in the region, Huguenot College in 1898. Abbie Park Ferguson was president of Huguenot College (which eventually became Huguenot University College) until her retirement in 1910. She took a leave to return to the United States from 1905 to 1906 during which time she received an M.A. from Mount Holyoke. In 1912, Mount Holyoke honored her with a Doctor of Letters. She died at Huguenot on March 25, 1919, aged 82.
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