March 27, 1848

This is the birthday of Virginia Alice Cottey Stockard. She taught at Central Female College in Lexington then founded Cottey College in Nevada, Missouri. She served for decades as Cottey’s President.

This post was contributed by Ross Malone. A historian and a retired school teacher, Ross has authored many books about Missouri’s history, weird facts, and folk tales. He has also written children’s historical fiction. Visit his website, and buy his books in the Missouri Life store.

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