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Mary Clark

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The most important of the early schools was begun in 1839 by Miss Mary Clark with her sisters Chloe and Roby, who had all been educated at the Willard School in Troy, New York. Young ladies from throughout southeast Michigan, New York, and Ohio were attracted to the school by Miss Clark's promise of a "thorough and polite" education where students were encouraged to think independently. The school closed in 1875 after Mary's death.

A recognized authority on botany, Miss Clark took her students on weekly excursions to collect and catalog native wildflowers.

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Mary H. Clark