- Catherine Beecher founds Hartford Female Seminary for Girls.
- She was a strong advocate of daily Physical Education and developed a program of calisthenics performed to music. (similar to modern aerobics)
- Quote: "When physical education takes the proper place in our schools, young girls will be trained in the class-rooms to move head, hands and arms gracefully; to sit, to stand, and to walk properly, and to pursue calisthenic exercises for physical development as a regular school duty as much as their studies." (Catherine Beecher, Educational reminiscences and suggestions, pp.85-86.)