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Dr Lucy Jane Rider Meyer
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Birth: Sep. 3, 1849
New Haven
Addison County
Vermont, USA
Death: Mar. 16, 1922
Chicago
Cook County
Illinois, USA

Dr. Lucy Jane (Rider) Meyer was the daughter of Richard Dunning and Clara Jane (Child) Rider. She was the wife of Rev. Josiah Shelly Meyer. They were married May 21, 1885. He was a minister in the Rock River Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church. SHE WAS FOUNDER OF THE DEACONESS MOVEMENT IN THE METHODIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH.

"A deaconess is often pictured as a good-goody kind of woman who goes softly up dirty back stairs, reading the Bible to poor sick women and patting the heads of dirty-faced children. But there is nothing a woman can do in the line of Christian work that a deaconess may not do. Her field is as large as the work of woman, and the need of that work."
--Lucy Rider Meyer, 1884

Rider Meyer, Lucy
--a pamphlet
Deaconesses: Who They Are, And What They Do, c18__?
Deaconesses are women who are "so set free from the ordinary employments and responsibilities of a woman's life that they are at liberty to devote their whole time and strength to Christian work."

The United Methodist Church
General Commission On Archives And History
Lucy Rider Meyer, 1849-1922
The "Archbishop Of Deaconesses" Who Took On The Fundamentalists"
by John G. McEllhenney

Price, Carl Fowler
Who's Who In American Methodism, c1916, Page 146
Meyer, Lucy Rider, (Mrs. Josiah S.) M.D.

Rider Meyer, Lucy
Everybody's Gospel Songs, distributed by the Chicago Training School of Missions, c1910
Title Page: "the entire profits from the sale of Everybody's Gospel Songs go direct to training young women for missionary and deaconess work."
Lucy wrote several of these gospel songs.

James, Edward T.
Notable American Women, 1607-1950: A Biographical Dictionary, Volume I, c1971, Pgs 536-___
Lucy was raised in a Methodist Episcopal Church home and was converted at age thirteen. She taught high school in Brandon, Vermont, and in a school for freedmen at Greensboro, North Carolina. She then became principal of the Troy Conference Academy in Poultney, Vermont, and a chemistry professor at McKendree College in Illinois. After she was married, she and her husband opened the Chicago Training School For City, Home And Foreign Missions. She was principal there from 1885 through 1917. This school was one of the progenitors of the Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. She was elected to be the first laywoman seated as a delegate by the General Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, when women were admitted for the first time in 1904; she was elected again four years later.

Rider Meyer, Lucy
Real Fairy Tales: Explorations In The World Of Atoms, c1887
"A number of Victorian-era science writers used fairies to explain the workings of nature. Mrs. Rider Meyer portrays the elements as personable little fairies, with intertwined arms, legs and wings representing chemical bonds." 
 
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 Parents:
  Richard Dunning Rider (1807 - 1876)
  Jane C Rider (1823 - 1901)
 
 Spouse:
  Josiah Shelly Meyer (1849 - ____)
 
 Siblings:
  Norman Franklin Rider (1840 - 1908)**
  Washington Irving Rider (1847 - 1929)**
  Lucy Jane Rider Meyer (1849 - 1922)
 
*Calculated relationship
**Half-sibling
 
Burial:
Oak Woods Cemetery
Chicago
Cook County
Illinois, USA
 
Created by: Mary Jane Haight-Eckert
Record added: Dec 14, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 45416957
Dr Lucy Jane <i>Rider</i> Meyer
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