Anna Callender Brackett was born on 21 May 1836 in Boston, Massachusetts. She was the daughter of a Boston businessman and his wife, Samuel E. and Caroline S. Brackett, and a cousin of social work pioneer, Jeffrey Brackett. She was educated at the Abbott School and the Framingham State Normal School, graduating in 1856. Brackett briefly taught in the Boston area, then accepted a position as the vice principal of a normal school in Charleston, South Carolina.
From The Dictionary of Modern American Philosophers in Oxford Reference.