There are no surviving photos that positively identify Emilie Grace Briggs (1867-1944), daughter of Charles Augustus Briggs and Julia Valentine Briggs. (She is thought to be furthest or 2nd to the right in the newspaper drawing shown at left.) The first woman to graduate from Union Theological Seminary (1897) just one year after women were allowed to 'visit' classes, she devoted her life to biblical exegesis and teaching, care for her father's estate (including his unpublished works), and her ongoing study of 'women as deacons.'
Although she was a Ph.D. student at Union and finished her requirements, she never received her doctoral degree due to her inability to get her dissertation published, a special proviso made for her by the graduate faculty in 1913, two months following her father's death. Briggs was additionally the second woman elected to the Society for Biblical Literature and Exegesis, in the same year as her graduation from Union. She never married, and died in June, 1944.
Emilie Grace Briggs (1867-1944)
Skilled, colorful exegesis
An unpublished masterpiece
Table of Contents, "The Deaconess"
First Page, "The Deaconess"