Woman of the Century/Tillie May Forney
FORNEY, Miss Tillie May, author and journalist, born in Washington, D. C, in 1861. She is the youngest child of the eminent journalist, John W. Forney, founder and editor of the Philadelphia "Press," a man who wielded an acknowledged great political and social influence. TILLIE MAY FORNEY. This daughter, having inherited many of her distinguished father's tastes and ambitions, became his almost constant companion after leaving Miss Carr's celebrated academy on the Old- York-Road, Pa. She had written for publication from early girlhood, and she then took up the task systematically and wrote regularly for prominent journals, besides acting frequently as her father's amanuensis, both in this country and in Europe. Under his experienced eye she received careful training for the work she preferred above all others. No accomplishment suitable to her sex was neglected in her education. She possesses a voice of unusual range and sweetness, and at that period it was her teacher's wish that all her interest should be centered on her musical talent, but it seemed impossible for her to drop her pen. She grows fonder of her literary duties every year, and is a constant contributor to New York, Philadelphia and western dailies, besides writing regularly for several well-known magazines. She resides with her widowed mother in the old family residence, on South Washington Square, Philadelphia. She has been reared in a home of luxury, «id the Forney library is one of the finest in Philadelphia. Mrs. John W. Forney is an accomplished lady of the old school, and she and her daughter are both social favorites, although each has aims and ta^ks that are preferred to those of fashionable life. Mrs. Forney's progress in literature, though rapid, is evidently but the promise of what she is yet to accomplish.