|Lillian Honeywell Beall|
She heard of the fame of Hedding College (1855-1927) in Knox County, Illinois, and she entered that institute as a student in 1881. She graduated in 1884, bearing away with the highest honors of her class. While in school, she won 1st prize in oratory.
For three years following graduation, she held the professorship of Mathematics in her Alma Mater, and her name went unchallenged through the leading educational papers of the land as the youngest college professor in the United States.
|Hedding College buildings and grounds. Circa 1880s|
|The photograph shows a building, students and faculty on the campus of Hedding College in Abingdon, Illinois. There is a large group of people sitting and standing in front of the building. The building has three stories and there appears to be an added two-story building on the right. The building has what appears to be a bell tower on the roof. There are two other towers visible on the left and on the right parts of the roof. There are two young men standing on the roof on the right. The people are dressed in winter clothing and there is snow on the ground. Four of the individuals are holding onto bicycles.|
Hedding College merged with Illinois Wesleyan University in 1930.
|Hedding College Bell which was located in the|
bell tower from the photograph above.
Compiled by Neil Gale, Ph.D.
My article, "Lillian Honeywell Beall, at 20 years old, was the youngest college professor in the United States," was printed, with permission, in their Summer 2019 Newsletter, Volume 53, Issue 2, of the Iroquois County Historical Society. "I hope you enjoy reading our newsletter and thank you again for sharing your information."
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