Hannah Pearsons (1829-1909) was active in the early creation of institutions for the growing Evanston community including Northwestern University and First Methodist Church. She was an active member in Women’s Educational Aid Association that gave financial aid to needy female students. She was very involved in promoting education for women and became the secretary of WEAA. Pearsons Hall, a dormitory for female university students, was named for her.
Name: Hannah Bailey Pearsons
Birth Date: 1829
Death Date: 1909
Children: Yes, 2 children--including Henry
Years in Evanston: early-1854 (or before)
Sources: Archives and Collections: "Evanston Women." Subject Files. Evanston History Center. "Women Students Earn Way" 1951. Newspaper Clippings. Evanston History Center. "Something for the Girls: Evanston Women in the Women Movement, 1954 [sic]-1920" Evanston History Centre Subject Files. Evanston Women Pre 1950: Newspaper Clippings.