Woman of the Century/Kate Slaughter McKinney
McKINNEY, Mrs. Kate Slaughter, author and poet, born in London, Ky., 6th February, 1857, is familiar to the public by her pen-name, "Katydid." KATE SLAUGHTER McKINNEY. A few years after her birth her parents removed to the blue-grass portion of the State, where she grew to womanhood. She was graduated in Daughters’ College, Harrodsburg, Ky., and soon after became the wife of James I. McKinney, now superintendent of the L. & N. R. R. in Montgomery, Ala. She has written verses since she was fifteen years of age. The first were published in the "Courier-Journal," from which they found a way into the leading newspapers and magazines. Mrs. McKinney gets her inspiration from the trees and the flowers and the brooks. Her Kentucky home stands out with frequency in the pages of her published volume. "Katydid's Poems." She has a lyric gift, and her poems have a melody and sweetness. She has the faculty- of singing with ease and naturalness.