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James Truman sent a letter to Mary Stillwell on the entrance of women into dentistry in 1893. Dr. James Truman was the editor of the International Dental Journal from 1890 to 1905 and a dean of the University of Pennsylvania's dental department.
In 1892, Dentist Mary Stillwell founded the Women's Dental Association of the U.S..
During the American Dental Association (ADA) annual meeting, several female dentists met in Milwaukee. They formed the Federation of American Women Dentists, now known as the American Association of Women Dentists (AAWD). Their first president was Minnie Evangeline Jordon in 1921.
Dr. James Truman* was known as the "Father of Dentistry" in the US, per his obituary, and not so well known or appreciated for his work to help women gain admission to dental schools. His biography in a history* of Penn from 1901 makes no mention of what is arguably one of his greatest contributions to dentistry.
Below is his account of the personal and professional trial he went through to do the right thing. He notably and humbly apologizes for having to write the account in the first person. The complete letter is in the archives.
Fun aside: may have been the first dentist to achieve teeth whitening and he taught Doc Holliday.