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Woman of the Century/Mary A. Miller

MILLER. Mrs. Mary A., editor, born in Allegheny City, Pa., in 18—. She is the second daughter of David Davis, deceased, a highly-respected citizen of Allegheny. MARY A. MILLER A woman of the century (page 516 crop).jpgMARY A. MILLER. Her school-days, till the age of seventeen, were spent in the schools of her native city, her higher education being received in the Allegheny College for Young Ladies, in the same town. Choosing the profession of teacher, she taught for five years, until she became the wife of William Miller, of Allegheny. Her first public literary work w;is done in 1858. being poems and short stories, the latter of which were continued with more or less intermission, under a pen-name, until 1874, when the death of her husband and the business cares consequent caused an interruption. Her natural timidity, in her early efforts, caused her frequently to change her pen-name, so that it often occurred in the household that her stories were read without a suspicion of the author's presence. Her first literary work over her own name win in 1878, being a series of letters descriptive of a western trip from Pittsburgh, Pa., to Montana by rail and stage, from Montana to Utah, and from Utah to New Mexico. Since that time her name has appeared as missionary editor of the woman's department in the "Methodist Recorder," published in Pittsburgh, and since 1885 as editor and publisher at the "Woman's Missionary Record," organ of the Woman's foreign Missionary Society of the Methodist Protestant Church. She has served very efficiently as corresponding secretary of the society for six years, has represented the society in a number of the annual conferences of the church, in two general conferences and in 1888 was a delegate to the World's Missionary Conference in London, England.