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Lamar Female Seminary

Louise Kelly General Entry

In 1866 O. P. Stark, a Presbyterian missionary to the Choctaw Indians, moved to Paris, Texas, and opened the Lamar Female Seminary. Departments of the school included elementary, academic, collegiate, music, art, science and philosophy. At one time the school had five instructors. A charter was granted in May 1871. Stark operated the school until 1880, when he returned to Indian Territory. The school closed shortly after his departure.

A. W. Neville, The History of Lamar County, Texas (Paris, Texas: North Texas, 1937; rpt. 1986).


  • Education
  • Defunct Elementary and Secondary Schools
  • Religion
  • Presbyterian
  • Women

The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.

Louise Kelly, “Lamar Female Seminary,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed May 09, 2021,

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

August 1, 1995

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