Mary Dennis Poland

c. 1873-1947*

Born in Ohio, Mrs. Poland was the wife of state superintendent Addison Poland. However, she was accomplished in her own right. She was the first woman to be award a doctorate in philosophy, which came from NYU.

In Newark she was dean of girls in Newark High School (Barringer) for 26 years until she retired in 1944. She was the only person to serve in this position, appointed when it was created in 1918.

She lived at 254 Mount Prospect.

*Some censuses give dates in the 1860s.


“Mrs. Mary Dennis Poland” Star Ledger Jan 1, 1947

Mrs. AB Poland Leader in Local Fight to Save Health of School ChildrenNewark Evening Star Sept 11, 1911

Star Restores Lost Purse to Mrs. PolandNewark Evening Star Mar 9, 1910

Poland, Addison, Newark News Morgue, Newark Library

Poland, Chester. The Polands from Essex County Massachusetts.