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Mary Ashton Rice Livermore (1820-1905) was a lecturer, writer, suffragist, abolitionist, and civic leader. With her husband, Daniel, a Universalist minister, she owned and edited a Universalist newspaper in Chicago, which championed reforms in the areas of abolition, temperance, and women’s suffrage. During the Civil War, Livermore worked for the sanitary commission, insisting that medical aid and other necessary supplies be sent to both sides in the struggle. Beginning in 1870, she spent a quarter century on the public lecture circuit, averaging 150 lectures per year, speaking primarily for the causes of women’s rights, political education and temperance.
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