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Pettit, Katherine Rhodalocked

(23 February 1868–03 September 1936)
  • Carol A. Lockwood


Pettit, Katherine Rhoda (23 February 1868–03 September 1936), educator and social worker, was born in Fayette County, Kentucky, the daughter of Benjamin F. Pettit, a farmer, and Clara Mason Barbee. After her early education in Lexington and Louisville, Pettit attended the Sayre Female Institute in Lexington from 1885 to 1887. She became a member of the Presbyterian church in her early years. A family friend, who was a clergyman, instilled in her a lifelong interest in the hardships of people living in the mountain regions of Kentucky. While in her twenties she joined the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union (WCTU), which was working with the highlanders of Kentucky, and she became a member of the rural library service of the State Federation of Women’s Clubs....

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