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Aurora Pryor McClellan 1846 ~ 1926


Mrs. Aurora Pryor McClellan is the daughter of Luke Pryor, who was prominent in public life of Alabama for many years, and in 1880 succeeded George S. Houston, his law partner, as United States Senator from Alabama. Mrs. McClellan's mother was Isabella Harris, a descendant of distinguished Virginia families, the Spotswoods and other well-known families of that state. Mrs. McClellan's father was descended on the paternal side from the Blands, of Virginia, and through this ancestry from Governor Richard Bennett, of the commonwealth period in the Old Dominion; on his maternal side from Ann Lane, of Virginia, whose mother, Sylvia Perry, was descended from Judge Freeman Perry, of Rhode Island.

Mrs. McClellan is a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Colonial Dames and the Order of Descendants of Colonial Governors. She founded a chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution in Athens, Alabama, and was for four years state vice-regent of the Alabama Daughters of the American Revolution and six years state regent, and is today honorary life regent of the Alabama Daughters of the American Revolution.

Mrs. McClellan has devoted most of her time and efforts to securing the adoption of the "Golden Rod" as the national flower. She is to-day second vice-president of the National Flower Association of the United States, and through her personal efforts the National Farmers' Congress adopted this flower in 1890 and recommended its adoption as the national emblem.

Mrs. McClellan is one of the most gifted of Southern women, possessing wonderful executive ability and a strong, clear mind. Her capacity as an original thinker made her a marked woman in the South.

Women of America

Source: The Part Taken by Women in American History, By Mrs. John A. Logan, Published by The Perry-Nalle Publishing Company, Wilmington, Delaware, 1912.


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