Woman of the Century/Edith Jessie Archibald

2239202Woman of the Century — Edith Jessie Archibald

ARCHIBALD, Mrs. Edith Jessie, temperance reformer, born in St. Johns, Newfoundland, 5th April, 1854. She is the youngest daughter of Sir Edward Mortimer Archibald, K. C. M. G., C B., late Her Britannic Majesty's Consul-General in New York. Her parents were both Nova Scotians. Her father's family were descendants of Loyalists who emigrated from Massachusetts during the Revolution and settled in Truro, N. S., which township they helped to organize. Her grandfather on her father's side was one of the historic personages of the Province. He was called to the bar, where he displayed great talent. He entered public life and became successively a member for his county, Attorney-General of Nova Scotia, Judge of the Supreme Court of Prince Edward's Island, and Speaker of the House of Assembly of Nova Scotia He was an eloquent orator of broad mind and liberal EDITH JESSIE ARCHIBALD. views. Her father, after a residence of twenty-five years in St John's, Newfoundland, where he was successively Attorney-General and Judge of the Supreme Court, received the appointment of British Consul in New York. In 1857 he removed with his family to New York, where he held the consulship during twenty-seven years, making a record of public life of over fifty-two years. His daughter, Mrs. Archibald, was educated in New York and London In London she studied two years. She is passionately fond of art, music and literature. She was married at the age of twenty years to Charles Archibald, a son of the Hon. Thomas O. Archibald, senator, of Sydney, Cape Breton, where her husband is an extensive property owner and the manager of one of the largest colleries in the island. Their residence is at Cowrie Mines, Cow Bay. Living in a country' so isolated and surrounded by the cares of family and home, Mrs. Archibald has still endeavored to keep in touch with culture and literature. Until recent years she found scant time for indulging her tastes and talents. She has recently given more time to letters, and has published a number of poems and magazine articles. She is devoted to reforms and is an enthusiastic member of the Woman's Christian Temperance Union of the Dominion. Her four children take much attention but she is collecting materials for a more extensive work than she has yet given to the public.