1835–1919

Introduction

Born: June 21, 1835 (her tomb­stone says 1843), near Tin­tern Ab­bey, Mon­mouth­shire, Wales.

Buried: Spring For­est Ce­me­te­ry, Bing­ham­ton, New York.

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Biography

Mary was the wife of Hen­ry Wheel­er (mar­ried 1858), who as of 1893 was the Phi­la­del­phia, Penn­syl­van­ia, Con­fer­ence of the Me­tho­dist Epis­co­pal Church.

When she was six years old, her fa­mi­ly em­i­grat­ed to Am­er­i­ca, set­tling in Bing­ham­ton, New York. She ex­celled in com­po­si­tion, and be­gan to write for pub­li­ca­tion at an ear­ly age. At first she wrote more po­et­ry than prose.

Before mar­riage, she was prin­ci­pal of the larg­est high school in Bing­ham­ton.

Mary served as pre­si­dent of the Wo­man’s For­eign Mis­sion­a­ry So­ci­e­ty of Phi­la­del­phia; as a na­tion­al ev­an­gel­ist for the Wo­man’s Chris­tian Tem­per­ance Un­ion (WCTU); was a mem­ber of the Na­tional Lec­ture Bu­reau of Chi­ca­go, Il­li­nois; and in 1891 was ap­point­ed su­per­in­ten­dent of the World’s WCTU Mis­sion.

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