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Mary P. FollettCreating Democracy, Transforming Management$
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Joan C. Tonn

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780300096217

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300096217.001.0001

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Self-Realization and Service

Self-Realization and Service

(p.112) 9 Self-Realization and Service
Mary P. Follett

Joan C. Tonn

Yale University Press

In 1897, the year before she graduated from Radcliffe College in Massachusetts, Mary P. Follett was hired as a clerk in the office of J. Otis Wardwell, a prominent Boston attorney with specialty in corporation law. While working for Wardwell, Follett met Samuel Walker McCall, the newly elected U.S. representative for the Eighth Congressional District. She would eventually resign from her job with Wardwell and join Isabella Louisa Briggs in Vermont. Follett and Briggs lived quietly together for almost two years. Like other college-educated women, Follett began to devote herself to settlement work beginning in the 1890s, but returned to Boston late in 1900 and lived with Briggs in their former home, which was owned by Pauline Agassiz Shaw. Shaw was a known supporter of settlement activities in the poorer neighborhoods of Boston. It was at one of Shaw's settlements, Children's House in Roxbury, that Follett began her social and civic work. Follett also established a club called the Highland Union, which provided a forum for young men to debate contemporary political issues.

Keywords:   settlements, Mary P. Follett, J. Otis Wardwell, Boston, Samuel Walker McCall, Isabella Louisa Briggs, Pauline Agassiz Shaw, Children's House, civic work, Highland Union

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