Other Early Contributions
Urania Sheldon Nott attended the Troy Female Seminary led by Emma Willard as well, and she later founded three schools for women, including the Schenectady Female Seminary and the Utica Female Academy. Urania was remarkable in her contributions to women’s education, and she managed many of the finances of the college when Eliphalet’s health suffered in his later years. You can read a wonderful write-up about Urania written in 2014.
Julia Benedict, daughter of Isaac Jackson, a prominent early faculty member and namesake of Jackson's Garden, is one such example of a woman that could be found around Union's campus in its early days. Most of her life was spent living on its grounds, and she had many talents, including singing and sketching. She carefully managed and guarded her Jackson's Garden after her father's death in 1877, and she is even said to have defended it by firing a shotgun "...on at least one occasion." As Somers tells us, she tried to raise money for the garden through selling puddings she'd made. 13