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"Frances Willard, Girl Crusader" by Miriam Evangeline Mason

"Pioneer Girl: The Early Life of Frances Willard" by Clara Ingram Judson

"Famous Wisconsin Women" by the Women's Auxiliary of the Wisconsin Historical Society

"Frances Willard: A Biography" by Ruth Birgitta Anderson Bordin



Interesting Fact:

Willard's father was a member of the Wisconsin legislature in 1848.

Study Questions:

  • What was the Women's Temperance Union?
  • Why was Willard so involved in temperance work?
  • Are there temperance groups active today? Explain.

    U.S. historical events that occurred on September 27:

    1954: The "Tonight" show makes its debut on NBC television.
    1964: The Warren Commission issues its report concluding Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone in assassinating President John Kennedy.

  • September 27

    September 27, 1839: Frances Willard, suffragist and founder of the Women's Temperance Union, was born in New York state. As a young child she moved with her family to a farm near Janesville. She received her education at the Milwaukee Female College and the Northwestern Female College, where she also taught. From 1874 on she devoted her life to temperance work until her death in 1898.

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