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Birney, Alice Josephine McLellanlocked

(19 October 1858–20 December 1907)
  • Sandra Opdycke


Birney, Alice Josephine McLellan (19 October 1858–20 December 1907), reformer, was born in Marietta, Georgia, the daughter of Leander C. McLellan, a small-scale cotton planter, and Harriet Tatem. The family soon moved to nearby Atlanta, where she enrolled in private school. She attended high school in Marietta and then, after teaching school for a short time in Atlanta, spent a year (1875–1876) at Mount Holyoke Seminary in Massachusetts. In 1879 she married Alonzo J. White, Jr., a lawyer then serving as city sheriff in his native Charleston, South Carolina. Alice dreamed of becoming a doctor, but in November 1880 her husband died of pleuropneumonia. A few months later Alice gave birth to their daughter, Alonsita, and returned to Atlanta to live with her family....

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