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Mary Harn Williams
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Birth: Nov. 26, 1855
Essex County
Massachusetts, USA
Death: Jan. 24, 1941
Adams County
Nebraska, USA

From "The Blue Book of Nebraska Woman", by Winoma Evans Reeves, pub. 1916. Page 173
Mary Harn Williams, practical newspaper woman and prominent suffragist, was born in Laurence, Mass., Nov. 26, 1855. Her father, Alvin Dighton Williams, was in his young manhood a Freewill Baptist minister. He was a graduate of Hamilton College in the class of 1849. In 1857 he came west and was pastor of a church in Minneapolis. Later he became principal of the Minnesota Seminary and was State Superintendent of Schools in West Va. He came to Nebraska as principal of the Normal School at Peru and held many positions of trust in the state. Her mother was Sarah Ann (Harn) Williams, a native of Maryland, a graduate of Cedar Hill Seminary, and later a teacher there. Her oldest brother, George H. Harn, was an abolitionist and was active in the organizations of the Republican Party. Miss Williams was educated at Cheshire Academy, Ohio; in the West Va. College, at the Neb. State Normal School, and at the University of Nebraska. She took a special course in library work in the Columbian University, and there was a member of the Pi Beta Phi Sorority. While living in Washington she was secretary of the District of Columbia Suffrage Association. For eight years she has been secretary of the Nebraska State Equal Suffrage Association and has been a delegate from Nebraska to the National Equal Suffrage Convention nine times, and was for years the Nebraska member on the National Executive Committee. She is a practical newspaper woman and from the time she left school until 1890 she devoted much time to newspaper work and says she has done everything about an office "from inking the roller to writing editorials." From 1890 to 1900 she was compositor in a government printing office in Washington, D. C. She has written poems, sketches and feature articles for local and state papers. She has traveled over most of the United States and in 1910 spent a part of the year in a journey through Europe, going as far east as Greece. In recent years she had lived at Kenesaw, Neb., with her aunt, Miss Ellen D. Harn, who is a woman of very interesting personality. She taught school for forty years and then bought ten acres near Kenesaw on which she built a home. When almost ninety years of age she cared for her flower and vegetable gardens as well as chickens. She was at 87, president of the Local Equal Suffrage Association and her great hope was that she might live to see the franchise give to the women of Nebraska.
Mary Williams lived in 1930 at Kenesaw, Adams Co., Nebraska.
Family links: 
  Alvin Dighton Williams (1823 - 1894)
  Sarah Harn Williams (1825 - 1901)
  Emma Loomis Williams Evans (1853 - 1919)*
  Mary Harn Williams (1855 - 1941)
  Minnie Touka Williams (1859 - 1881)*
  George Thomas Williams (1862 - 1919)*
*Calculated relationship
Kenesaw Cemetery
Adams County
Nebraska, USA
Plot: Blk 2, Row 7
Created by: wvy
Record added: Jan 07, 2011
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Mary Harn Williams
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Mary Harn Williams
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Mary Harn Williams
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 Added: Jan. 7, 2011

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