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Mary Desha
Birth: Mar. 8, 1850
Lexington
Fayette County
Kentucky, USA
Death: Jan. 29, 1911
Washington
District of Columbia
District Of Columbia, USA

Born to a prosperous family that lost its wealth during the Civil War, Desha turned to education for a career. She taught at the Dudley School for ten years, and at the age of 38 accepted a teaching position in the frontier town of Sitka, Alaska, where she was much impressed by the quality of women's rights. She later took a clerk position in Washington, DC. In 1890, she co-founded the Daughters of the American Revolution in a direct response to the Sons of the American Revolution refusing to accept women as members. The DAR's goal was stated as the preservation of history and memorabilia from the American Revolution. She became the first DAR vice-president and designed the DAR seal. During the Spanish American War, she was the Assistant Director of the organization. She was honored with the first memorial service ever to be held in Memorial Continental Hall in Washington, DC. 
 
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 Parents:
  John Randolph Desha (1804 - 1878)
  Mary Curry Desha (1819 - 1884)
 
 Sibling:
  Issa Desha Breckinridge (1843 - 1892)*
  Mary Desha (1850 - 1911)
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Lexington Cemetery
Lexington
Fayette County
Kentucky, USA
Plot: Section D, Lot 18
 
Created by: Anonymous
Record added: Aug 13, 2004
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- Angie Robinson
 Added: Feb. 19, 2017
1888, What a woman! Traveling from Washington DC to Sitka Alaska! I can't imagine what it was like to travel from there in January 1889. Your work continues in the NSDAR organization. Thank you for your sacrifices.
- Fran Whiteman
 Added: Aug. 16, 2014
Honored to be a DAR member.
- April Dishno
 Added: Nov. 23, 2013
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