Penuel Bowen inaugural dissertation
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Penuel Bowen inaugural dissertation

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Bowen, Penuel, 1742-1788.
Title: Penuel Bowen inaugural dissertation
Dates: 1786
Extent: 0.05 cubic feet (1 folder)
Identification: MS 0013

Biographical/Historical Note

Penuel Bowen (1742-1788) was born in Woodstock, Connecticut. He graduated from Harvard College in 1762 and was ordained in 1766; he served as a pastor in Connecticut and Boston, Massachusetts. In 1768, he married Susannah Barrett of Boston. After the Revolutionary War, Bowen and his family moved to Charleston, South Carolina, where he became the rector at St. John's Episcopal Church. Bowen died n 1788 (for more information, see Lineage of the Bowens of Woodstock, Connecticut by Edward Augusts Bowen. Cambridge, Mass.: Riverside Press, 1897).

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of a forty-three page inaugural dissertation to the opening of an English academy for young women in Savannah, Georgia, given on November 20, 1786, and entitled "Upon Virtue in general, and female Education and manners in particular, Being an inaugural Dissertation to the opening an English Academy for young Ladies and Misses, in Savannah the 20th Novr 1786 By the Preceptor of the Academy who undertook the business of his own motion." The dissertation is attributed to Penuel Bowen by Mary Beth Norton in her text Liberty's Daughters, as the dissertation appears to be written in Bowen's handwriting. According to Norton, Bowen also mentions the Savannah academy in letters to William Gibbons and his wife (Mary Beth Norton, Liberty's Daughters. Cornell University Press, 1996. Footnote 22, p. 368). The name of the academy is unknown.

Index Terms

Bowen, Penuel, 1742-1788.
Manners and customs.
Savannah (Ga.)--Social life and customs.

Administrative Information

Custodial History


Preferred Citation

[item identification], Penuel Bowen inaugural dissertation, MS 13, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Benjamin Tighe, 1955.


Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

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