Sarah Birdsall <I>Otis</I> Edey

Sarah Birdsall Otis Edey

New York, USA
Death 17 Mar 1940 (aged 67)
New York, USA
Burial Bellport, Suffolk County, New York, USA
Memorial ID 67276221 · View Source
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Sarah Birdsall Otis Edey (1872-1940)was a prominent New York City resident and the daughter of State Senator James Otis (1836-1898) from Bellport, Long Island. A leader in the Women's Suffrage Movement, most notably recognized for her work with the Girl Scouts of America, Mrs. Edey was active in Girl Scouting from 1919. She held many different positions and was the first editor of the Girl Scout Leader Magazine. She later served as National President of Girl Scouts of America for five years (1930-1935). Two Girl Scout camps were dedicated in her honor: Camp Birdsall Edey in Pleasant Township, Pennsylvania, (affiliated with the Penn Lakes Girl Scout Council, Inc)., and Camp Edey, in Bayport, New York , (affiliated with the Girl Scouts of Suffolk County.)

Outside her work with the Suffrage and Scouting Movements, Mrs. Edey was a published poet; her most notable works are "Rivets" and "ButterMoney." Mrs. Edey was president of the Craftsman Group for Poetry, the director of the American Women's Association (1928-29), and a director of the Women's City Club. The Edeys were married in 1893; the couple gave birth to their only daughter, Julia, in July 1894.

SOURCES: Obituary Notes: Mrs. Edey, Leader In The Girl
Scouts" New York Times, 18 March 1940; "Notes Of the Social World: the Edey–Otis Engagement" New York Times, June 18,1893; "Notes Of the Social World: the Edey–Otis Wedding" New York Times, September 15, 1893.

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  • Find a Grave Memorial 67276221
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Sarah Birdsall Otis Edey (25 Jun 1872–17 Mar 1940), Find a Grave Memorial no. 67276221, citing Woodland Cemetery, Bellport, Suffolk County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Bernadette (contributor 47154874) .