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Smith, Julia Evelina (27 May 1792–06 March 1886), and Abby Hadassah Smith (01 June 1797–23 July 1878), suffragists and translators, were born in Eastbury and Glastonbury, Connecticut, the daughters of Zephaniah Hollister Smith, a pastor and attorney, and Hannah Hadassah Hickok, a linguist, astronomer, poet, and gentlewoman farmer. Born into a family of educated parents who refused to be bound by the contemporary constraints of the nineteenth century placed on women’s opportunities to learn, both girls were given access to the study of mathematics, music, astronomy, languages, philosophy, and politics. They were sent to the only available private classes for women of the day, and Julia was hired by ...