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Conway, Katherine Eleanor (06 September 1853–02 January 1927), author and editor, was born in Rochester, New York, the daughter of James Conway and Sarah Agatha (maiden name unknown). Educated at Sacred Heart academies in Rochester and New York City and at St. Mary’s Academy in Buffalo, New York, Conway began her writing career in 1875 as a reporter for the ...

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Dahlgren, Sarah Madeleine Vinton (13 July 1825–28 May 1898), author, was born in Gallipolis, Ohio, the daughter of Samuel Finley Vinton, a U.S. congressman, and Romaine Madeleine Bureau. Dahlgren was educated at Monsieur Picot’s boarding school in Philadelphia and the Convent of Visitation in Georgetown in the District of Columbia. She married Daniel C. Goddard in 1846; Goddard was a lawyer and an assistant secretary of the Interior Department. They had two children. After Goddard died in 1851, Dahlgren returned to her father’s house in Washington, D.C., and helped to support her family by writing and translating. In 1865 she married Rear Admiral ...

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Dodge, Josephine Marshall Jewell (11 February 1855–06 March 1928), leader in the day-nursery movement and antisuffragist, was born in Hartford, Connecticut, the daughter of Marshall Jewell, a successful businessman, and Esther Dickinson, an early suffragist. Her father was elected governor of Connecticut three times and was appointed by President ...

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Meyer, Annie Nathan (19 February 1867–23 September 1951), volunteer activist, was born in New York City, the daughter of Anne Augusta Florance and Robert Weeks Nathan, a businessman. Descended from a distinguished Sephardic Jewish family, Meyer was always conscious of her background. A member of a large extended family, among her cousins was ...

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Parker, Jane Marsh (16 June 1836–13 March 1913), author, was born Permelia Jenny Marsh in Milan, Dutchess County, New York, the youngest daughter of the Reverend Joseph Marsh and Sarah Adams. When Parker was born, her father was pastor of the Christian Campbellite Church in Milan, but the family moved in 1838 to the Campbellite church at Union Mills in Fulton County, New York, where the Reverend Marsh was made pastor as well as editor of the Christian Publishing Association and of the sect’s weekly newspaper, the ...

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Putnam, Elizabeth Lowell (02 February 1862–05 June 1935), pioneer in prenatal care, antisuffragist, and conservative political activist, was born in Brookline, Massachusetts, the daughter of Augustus Lowell and Katharine Lawrence. From early childhood until age five she lived with her family in France. In 1888 she married a noted Boston lawyer and a distant cousin, William Lowell Putnam. The Putnams had five children. Their daughter Harriet died of impure milk at age two, and her death was probably the catalyst for Putnam’s long commitment to infant and maternal health and welfare....

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Wells, Kate Boott Gannett (06 April 1838–13 December 1911), reformer, antisuffragist, and author, was born in London, England, the daughter of American-born Ezra Stiles Gannett, a minister, and Anna Tilden. Her father had gone to England with his wife to convalesce after suffering a nervous breakdown prior to Kate’s birth. In July 1838 the Gannetts returned to Boston, where her father resumed his ministerial duties promoting good works among his large congregation. Kate established a close relationship with her father after her mother died when Kate was just eight years old. He instilled his high religious and moral values in his daughter, and they had an influential effect throughout her life, spilling over into her ideas and opinions on reform and suffrage....