Arria Sargent Huntington

Arria Sargent Huntington

Roxbury, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA
Death 6 Jun 1921 (aged 72)
Auburn, Cayuga County, New York, USA
Burial Hadley, Hampshire County, Massachusetts, USA
Memorial ID 154257744 · View Source
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Arria Sargent Huntington, also known as Aria S. Huntington, is the namesake of the Aria S. Huntington School in Syracuse, Onondaga County, New York.

Her father was the Episcopal Bishop of the Syracuse Diocese, and Ms. Huntington was a renowned local philanthropist, and was the first woman elected to public office in Syracuse, New York, serving as a School Commissioner alongside Superintendent Andrew Burr Blodgett.

According to the September 7, 1921 edition of the Syracuse Journal, Ms. Huntington entered a private sanatorium at Auburn on October 18, 1918, and died there June 6, 1921.

From "The Churchman," Volume 123:

Daughter of Bishop Led Active Life of Service to Many

Syracuse, N. Y. - Arria Sargent Huntington, daughter of the first bishop of Central New York, prominent in religious and charitable work in this city for many years, died at The Pines in Auburn, where she had been under treatment for the past two years, after a nervous breakdown. She was born in Roxbury, Mass., June 22, 1848, and from the time that her father became bishop of this diocese was constantly engaged in social service work in this city. The Post Standard, in its leading editorial on Good Friday, said: “Arria Huntington did in Syracuse with equal ardor and effectiveness the work which Jacob A. Riis did for so many years in the metropolis;
and Colonel Roosevelt described Mr. Riis as 'the most useful citizen of New York.”

Miss Huntington was actively interested in the Hospital of the Good Shepherd which her father founded, and which was carried on as a Church institution for many years. She was one of the founders of the Women's and Children's Hospital (now the Memorial Hospital). The Shelter for Unprotected Girls was founded by her and had her constant personal interest. The Associated Charities, the Woman's Employment Society, the Visiting Nurse Association, the Girls' Patriotic League (now the Huntington Club), and the Y. M. C. A. were activities to which she gave much time and devotion. Her efforts had much to do with the establishment of a juvenile court and the appointment of police matrons in this city. She had an active part in the “Survey" of the city. She was a school commissioner for six years.

It was her ambition to go on as far as she could in helping the institutions her father had established. The Church of St. John the Divine owed much to her interest. When that came to an end she identified herself with Calvary Church, then struggling for its very existence. She edited The Memoirs and Letters of Frederic Dan Huntington, and was the author of Under a Colonial Roof Tree and several short plays, A Harvest Night's Dream, Sharps and Flats, A Homespun Heroine and Weal or Woe. Edna May, the celebrated actress, played her first part in an operetta staged by Miss Huntington.

The burial was at Hadley, Mass., the old family home.

- From Keith Reeves, a childhood attendee of the Huntington School

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