Mary Hanford <I>Finney</I> Ford

Mary Hanford Finney Ford

Meadville, Crawford County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 2 Feb 1937 (aged 80)
Clearwater, Pinellas County, Florida, USA
Burial Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri, USA
Memorial ID 110464617 · View Source
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Her husband Smith M. Ford is the 8th name on the list.Her brother Asahel M. Finney is buried at Union cemetery, KC, Jackson, Missouri. Find A Grave Memorial# 75521487.

A Wikipedia page has been written for Mary Handford Ford.

Mary Hanford Ford (November 1, 1856 – February 2, 1937) reached early notoriety in Kansas at the age of 28 and soon left Kansas for the Chicago World's Fair—she did so as her marriage ended. She was taken up by the society ladies of the Chicago area who, impressed with her talks on art and literature at the Fair, helped launch her on a new career, initially in Chicago and then across some states. Along the way she was already published in articles and noticed in suffrage meetings. In addition to work as an art critic and speaker she wrote a number of books, most prominently a trilogy Message of the Mystics. Circa 1900-1902 Ford found the Bahá'í Faith through Sarah Farmer, Green Acre, and Mirza Abu'l-Fadl, and helped form the first community of Bahá'ís in Boston where Louis Bourgeois, future architect of the first Bahá'í House of Worship in the West, then joined the religion. In 1907 Ford went on Bahá'í pilgrimage, in 1910 she started writing Bahá'í books such as The Oriental Rose, and traveled with `Abdu'l-Bahá during some of his journeys in various places in Europe and then America. Ford spent the years of World War I in California following the first Bahá'í International Congress at the Panama–Pacific International Exposition, and then moved back to New York where she spent almost the next 20 years. In this period she was censored off a radio broadcast, helped develop the religion's community both in meetings she supported and literary efforts, and traveled in Europe for the religion, before reducing her travels and speaking engagements in the early 30s. She died with her daughter by her bedside in 1937.

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  • Created by: Tom Denardo
  • Added: 12 May 2013
  • Find A Grave Memorial 110464617
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Mary Hanford Finney Ford (1 Nov 1856–2 Feb 1937), Find A Grave Memorial no. 110464617, citing Forest Hill Cemetery, Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri, USA ; Maintained by Tom Denardo (contributor 767) .