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Woman of the Century/Euphemia Johnson Richmond

EUPHEMIA JOHNSON RICHMOND A woman of the century (page 617 crop).jpgEUPHEMIA JOHNSON RICHMOND. RICHMOND, Mrs. Euphemia Johnson, author, born near Mount Upton, N. Y., in 1825. Her maiden name was Guernsey. Her father, Dr. J. Guernsey, was a native of New Hampshire. Her mother was a Miss Putnam, a daughter of Dr. E. Putnam, a relative of the Revolutionary hero. On both sides her ancestors were professional and literary people. Miss Guernsey became Mrs. Richmond in early womanhood. She received good schooling and became an omnivorous reader. Her own literary talents were early shown, and, in spite of all the work and cares of her busy home life, she found time to jot down her fancies in rhyme or prose. Her first poem and prose sketch to see the light were published in the Cincinnati "Ladies' Repository-" She contributed poems to the New York "Tribune." Her story, "The Harwoods," next appeared, and her pen-name, "Effie Johnson," began to attract attention. She wrote many sketches under that name. She had been from childhood interested in temperance work, and one of her early stories, "The McAllisters," was a temperance history based on the lives of persons known to her. The National Temperance Publication Society published that book, with her full name attached, paying for the manuscript. The book was very successful. She published in rapid succession a dozen or more books, among which are "The Jeweled Serpent," "Harry the Prodigal," "The Fatal Dower," "Alice Grant," "Rose Clifton," "Woman First and Last" (in two volumes), "Drifting and Anchored," "The Two Paths," "Hope Raymond." "Aunt Chloe" and an "Illustrated Scripture Primer" for the use of colored children in the South. Her many volumes have been widely read, especially in the southern States. She is now living in Mount Upton. N. Y.