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Dr. Irene Morse

by Barbara Rimkunas

This "Historically Speaking" column was published in the Exeter News-Letter on Friday, February 16, 2018.

Some of Exeter's most notable citizens didn't live in town very long. Daniel Chester French, famed sculptor of the Lincoln Memorial was born in Exeter, but moved with his family when he was 10 years old. Even our founder, the Reverend John Wheelwright, tarried in town only four years. Such is the case with Dr. Irene May Morse.

In 2013, the Exeter Historical Society was contacted by Barbara Pulaski, a sociologist at Mount Ida College. Pulaski was conducting studies on the industrialization of Clinton, Massachusetts, her home town, when she came across the name "Dr. Irene Morse." Curious, she began looking into the life of Dr. Morse. "I became intrigued because few females were physicians at that time - she first arrived in Clinton in 1908." Dr. Morse worked at the Clinton Hospital, where she served as superintendent. Pulaski…

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