Martha Longstreet

Title

Martha Longstreet

Subject

Medicine

Description

First recorded female doctor in Saginaw, Michigan

Creator

Amy French

Source

Image: Michigan Women's Hall of Fame

Birth Date

1870

Birthplace

Erie, Pennsylvania, USA

Death Date

1953

Occupation

Physician

Biographical Text

Longstreet was one of the first (if not the first) female doctors in Saginaw, Michigan. Longstreet grew up in Saginaw and received training as a nurse there, graduating in 1893. Hospital officials encouraged her to study medicine and she graduated with honors from the University of Illinois Medical School in 1904. She was one of 19 women and 200 men in her class. Dr. Longstreet built a sizable general practice in Saginaw, but preferred to specialize in pediatrics. For many years, she was the only staff physician at Saginaw's Children's Hospital. Her patients remembered fondly how she carried candy in her medical bag and how mysterious packages of food and clothing would show up at an indigent patient's house after she made a house call.  In 1921, Dr. Longstreet decided to specialize in children only and did postgraduate work in pediatrics in New York City, while attending summer sessions at Harvard University. Dr. Longstreet was also dedicated to the advancement of women and helped coordinate social service groups in Saginaw, founded Saginaw's YWCA, and created a home for girls and one for the aged. She was nominated as Michigan's Outstanding Woman of 1938 and was the first woman to receive Saginaw's highest civic award, Outstanding Citizen of the Year (1940).

Bibliography

Saginaw Hall of Fame, biographical sketches by Ed Miller and Jean Beach, published by The Saginaw Hall of Fame, 2000.

Michigan's Women's Hall of Fame, Lansing, Michigan.

Files

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Date Added
July 17, 2014
Collection
Local (Michigan)
Item Type
Person
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Citation
Amy French, “Martha Longstreet,” Women Who Dared, accessed November 15, 2018, https://womenwhodared.omeka.net/items/show/66.