The 5-cent Famous American Educators stamp, issued March 28, 1940, features renowned educator Frances E. Willard (1839-1898). Willard served as president of Evanston College for Ladies and later as dean of women at Northwestern University. She abandoned her career in education at its peak to take up the causes of temperance and women's suffrage, becoming president of the national and then the worldwide Women's Christian Temperance Union.
In this position of national and international leadership, Willard actively promoted not only temperance but other reforms, including the kindergarten movement and federally-funded vocational training for teachers.
-Gordon T. Trotter, December 3, 2007
Scott Catalogue USA: 872
Museum ID: 1980.2493.2853