Notes for LYDIA SCUDDER ENGLISH:
Daughter of Nathaniel and Isabella (Anderson) Scudder.
Born: October 27, 1767 in Monmouth County, New Jersey.
Died: February 24, 1866 in Unknown.
Buried: Plot: Chapel Valley, Lot 349; Oak Hill Cemetery, Washington D.C.
Married: David English, Esq. Unknown in Unknown.
Founder and principal of the Georgetown Female Seminary.
The building in which the seminary was housed is located at 1305-1315 30th Street Northwest. It is a long white brick building. It housed Miss English's Georgetown Female Seminary from 1820 to 1861. Many of Washington's elite sent their daughters to the seminary to be educated and the enrollment was about 140 students.
The seminary's brochure stated that girls would be provided with that amount of mental and moral culture necessary to render them amiable, intelligent and useful members of society.
The building is three stories high and contained 19 bedrooms, a library, several parlors and porches in the wings. It even had running hot water.
Miss English was one of Georgetown's many secessionists and in 1861 the Union Army confiscated the seminary and used it as a hospital for officers after the First Battle of Bull Run. The building was called Seminary Hospital and Miss English was paid $300 per month.
Today the seminary building is an apartment building known as The Colonial.
LYDIA SCUDDER ENGLISH
BORN MARCH 15, 1802. DIED FEBRUARY 24, 1866.
SHE FOUNDED AND SUSTAINED A SEMINARY OF LEARNING FOR YOUNG LADIES, WHICH GAVE HER A NATIONAL REPUTATION. LEARNING, ENERGY, ZEAL, AND FIDELITY MARKED HER ACTIONS. HER MEMORY IS CHERISHED ALIKE BY RELATIVES AND FRIENDS. HER WELL SPENT CHRISTIAN LIFE IS HER MEMORIAL. THE CHARACTER OF THOSE SHE TRAINED IN VIRTUE AND KNOWLEDGE HER EULOGY.