Mary Eliza Mahoney

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Mary Eliza Mahoney was born in Dorchester, Massachusetts back in 1845.  At a young age she was a devout Baptist and churchgoer.  When she was 10 she was admitted to the Philips School in Boston.  She never completed school and left in the fourth grade.  When she was 18 she started a 16-month training program at the newly opened New England Hospital for Women and Children.

Out of all the students there was only three women to pass and Mary was one of them.  After graduation, she worked for many years as a private care nurse, earning her a distinguished reputation.  From 1911-12 she served as director of the Howard Orphan Asylum in Kings Park, New York.  In 1896, she became one of the original members of the Nurses Associated Alumnae of the United States and Canada.  She was also a strong supporter of the women’s suffrage movement.  In 1920, she was one of the first women in Boston to register to vote.  She died in 1926, she was 80.

What you may not know about Mary is that she was the first African American trained as a professional nurse in the United States and the first African American to graduate from an American school of nursing.

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Comments (17)

Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Mary was the exception that gave others hope. What a terrific lady. Enjoy your day 

Sep 17, 2021 03:52 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Now that is a success story that all girls should know about, James. 

Sep 17, 2021 05:06 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

James, this woman is amazing, when women did not stand out and do things that are not expected.  Great post.

Sep 17, 2021 05:14 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Very impressive James Dray and NOT because she was Black or a woman... she was a PERSON who was not afraid to challenge the odds and overcame them with shear determination.

Sep 17, 2021 05:23 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

It sounds like Mary was a wonderful woman, intelligent, and a hard worker.  Thank you for sharing her story with us.

Sep 17, 2021 05:48 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Good morning James,

What an amazing and an uplifiting story for a Friday.  Wishing you a wonderful day!  A

Sep 17, 2021 06:01 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, James, for sharing this story.

Have a great day and an outstanding weekend.

Sep 17, 2021 06:29 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Hello James - time often shows us the important roles people have played in history.  This is yet another example.  Professionals and professionalism is a much bigger subject.  

Sep 17, 2021 07:40 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude


I enjoyed reading this inspiring story of success. She achieved alot in her life.

Sep 17, 2021 08:40 AM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

Another great American story. It is always hard to be the first, it is much easier to follow.

Sep 17, 2021 08:41 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James Dray - What an extraordinary person who had a fulfilling life of service to all of us. 

Sep 17, 2021 12:58 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Wow, James- what an achievement!!! She had a lot of determination. 

Sep 17, 2021 04:22 PM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Good evening James! That was quite a feat for sure in those days

Sep 17, 2021 11:26 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

James two interesting points, my mother was born in 1926 and having lived in Boston, when you mentioned Dorchester in those days... I knew she had to be African American.. then in the 1920's it became very Irish:)Endre

Sep 17, 2021 11:35 PM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

Her story needs to be told over and over.  Thank you for doing your part.

Sep 18, 2021 06:04 AM
Dorte Engel
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Bowie, MD
ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton & rest of Maryland

Dear James,

Any day I feel sorry for myself, I will think of Ms Mahoney and what she had to overcome to find success. The moral of the story: never give up!

Sep 18, 2021 03:22 PM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

First black nursing graduate and first black trained nurse! Mary Eliza Mahoney broke some glass ceilings that needed to be broken. And…an advocate for women’s suffrage, too!

Nov 28, 2021 09:20 AM