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Miss Matilda Hindman


Miss Matilda Hindman, for many years one of the most prominent advocates of woman's suffrage in the United States, and a prominent local club woman is dead at the old family homestead near Monongahela City, Washington County, Pa. Miss Hindman's death occurred Tuesday night after a long illness, and was due to a general breakdown of the sustem. She died in the home which her family had occupied for over 60 years. and in which she was born. Miss Hindman was descended from early settlers of Washington county, and on her mothers side from the famous Campbell family of Scotland. Her ancestors always took a prominent part in public affairs, and from them Miss Hindman inherited much literary ability.

She was for many years a well-known writer, many articles from her pen appearing in the leading magazines and newspapers of the country. She was an ardent advocate of reforms and many of her articles were published in The Gazette. Miss Hindman held throughout her long life as one of her leading principals that any woman who consented to do a mans work for less than a mans wages was wronging not only her own sex, but the whole army of wageworkers. She entered Mt. Union college and took the regular course with the men students.

In 1860 she was graduated with the degree of bachelor of arts, being the first woman to attain the degree of M. A. in any college or school either in the United States or Europe. The fact that Miss Hindman had won the degree was commented upon by all the large papers of this country and Europe. At the commencement exercises at Mt. Union college she delivered her oration from the platform upon which seven men graduates sat, and her address was so far above the average commencement oration that a brilliant future was predicted for her as a speaker. This prediction was made good by her in later life, as she for about 25 years lectured in almost every state in the country in the interest of various reforms and had a personal acquaintance with almost every woman of prominence in the United States. On the lecture platform hers was a familiar figure along with those of Julia Ward Hewe, Mrs. Mary A. Livermore, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, H. B. Blockwell and others.

Miss Hindman spent much of her life in campaign work for woman's suffrage, appearing before ecclesiastical and legislative bodies, constitutional and congressional committees.

Miss Hindman was one of the most active club women of the country, and on many occasions lectured on parliamentary law before women's clubs in many cities. In 1882 she was elected the vice president for Pennsylvania of the National Woman's Suffrage association and was president of the State Federal Suffrage association. Miss Hindman was the first president of the local Woman's Suffrage club, holding that position for many years. She was a former president of the Travelers club, and when that organization split, those who succeeded organized the present New Era club, the name being suggested by Miss Hindman. In her youth Miss Hindman was a pupil of the late Judge J. W. F. White of this county, and it is related that Judge White in his after career at the local bar had declared Miss Hindman the brightest pupil he had ever taught. Miss Hindman was also a relative of Edward Campbell, former prothonotary of this county.

She is survived by two sisters, Miss Jennie Hindman, probation officer for Allegheny county, and Mrs. M. H. Wright, a former newspaper man of Pittsburgh. Funeral services will held at the Mingo Presbyterian church, near Finleyville, at 10:30 o'clock this morning. The interment will be made in the old family burial ground at Mingo cemetery.


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