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Bloomer, Amelia Jenks (27 May 1818–30 December 1894), temperance and women's rights reformer and editor, temperance and women’s rights reformer and editor, was born in Homer, New York, the daughter of Ananias Jenks, a clothier, and Lucy Webb. She received a basic education in Homer’s district schools and by the age of seventeen was teaching in Clyde, New York. After a year of teaching, Bloomer became a governess and tutor for a Waterloo, New York, family....

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Bolton, Sarah Knowles (15 September 1841–20 February 1916), writer and reform activist, was born in Farmington, Connecticut, the daughter of John Segar Knowles and Elizabeth Miller, farmers. Bolton was a descendant, on her father’s side, of Joseph Jenckes, a governor of Rhode Island (1772–1732), and on her mother’s side, a descendant of Nathaniel Stanley, a treasurer of the Connecticut Colony....

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Little, Sophia Louisa Robbins (1799–1893), writer and reformer, was born in Newport, Rhode Island, the daughter of U.S. senator Asher Robbins, an attorney, and Mary Ellery. Educated locally, she married William Little, Jr., of Boston in 1824; they had three children. Her first publication was a poem, “Thanksgiving,” included in a Boston gift book, ...

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Stoddard, Cora Frances (17 September 1872–13 May 1936), temperance educator and writer, was born in Irvington, Nebraska, the daughter of Emerson Hathaway Stoddard and Julia Frances Miller, farmers. Her parents moved the family from their farm in Nebraska to their native East when Cora was a child. In East Brookfield, Massachusetts, her mother and father joined the temperance movement, and Julia Stoddard soon rose in prominence to become the president of the local Woman’s Christian Temperance Union (WCTU). Her mother’s dedication to temperance, coupled with her writing and editing skills, served as a model for Stoddard’s activism in the temperance movement and her writing proficiency. Stoddard received a public school education and then went on to receive her bachelor’s degree from Wellesley College in 1896. She taught high school for one year in Middletown, Connecticut, then was employed for two years in the business field....