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Salomé Amelia Machado (1883)

Salomé Amelia Machado was the first Latina to attend Smith College. Born on December 21, 1861 in Cuba, she graduated with the class of 1883.[1] Her parents were Juan and Elizabeth Machado.[2] After graduation, Salomé resided in Salem, Massachusetts until her marriage in 1885 to Minton Warren. He was a classical scholar who completed his undergraduate study at Tufts College in 1870 and then went on to receive his Ph.D. in Germany in 1879.[3] Salomé and Minton met while he was a professor of Latin at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.[4] They had two children together: Minton Machado Warren, born August 7, 1888 and Francesca Machado Warren, born April 3, 1891.[5] The family settled in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where Minton Warren taught Latin at Harvard University.[6] Salomé passed away on July 24, 1954. Today, she is known not only for being the first Latina at Smith, but the first woman from outside of the United States to be admitted to Smith College.[7]


[1] Smith College Archives, Box 80. “Class of 1883, Individuals.”

[2] The Descendents of Thomas Durfee of Portsmouth, RI. <http://www.ebooksread.com/authors-eng/william-field-reed/the-descendants-of-thomas-durfee-of-portsmouth-ri-volume-3-dee/page-38-the-descendants-of-thomas-durfee-of-portsmouth-ri-volume-3-dee.shtml>

[3] The Descendents of Thomas Durfee of Portsmouth, RI. <http://www.ebooksread.com/authors-eng/william-field-reed/the-descendants-of-thomas-durfee-of-portsmouth-ri-volume-3-dee/page-38-the-descendants-of-thomas-durfee-of-portsmouth-ri-volume-3-dee.shtml>

[4] Smith College Archives, Box 80. “Class of 1883, Individuals.”

[5] “Catalog of officers, graduates and nongraduates of Smith College, Northampton, Mass. 1875-1905. <http://www.archive.org/stream/catalogofofficer00smit/catalogofofficer00smit_djvu.txt>

[6] The Descendents of Thomas Durfee of Portsmouth, RI. <http://www.ebooksread.com/authors-eng/william-field-reed/the-descendants-of-thomas-durfee-of-portsmouth-ri-volume-3-dee/page-38-the-descendants-of-thomas-durfee-of-portsmouth-ri-volume-3-dee.shtml>

[7] Weld, Eric Sean.  “Nosotras Celebrates 25 Years.” Smith College. 3.29.07 <http://www.smith.edu/news/2006-07/Nosotras25.php>

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