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Constance Cary Harrison 1843 ~ 1920


Constance Cary Harrison

Was before her marriage Constance Cary, of Virginia, and on her father's side she is descended from Colonel Miles Carey of Devonshire, England, who emigrated to America and settled in Virginia about the middle of the seventeenth century, and during the rule of Sir William Berkeley was one of the king's council. Her father, Archibald Cary, of Gary's Brook, Virginia, was the son of Virginia Randolph, who was the ward and pupil of Thomas Jefferson and sister of his son-in-law, Thomas Mann Randolph. Her mother was the youngest daughter of Thomas Fairfax, Baron of Cameron, who resided upon a large plantation in Fairfax, Virginia. It is said Mrs. Harrison inherits her literary taste from her grandmother on her father's side, Mrs. Wilson Jefferson Gary, who was herself a writer, and whose father's writings exerted quite an influence over Thomas Jefferson.

Mrs. Harrison's first story was written when she was but seventeen years of age. The Civil War brought an end to her literary aspirations and the loss of her home necessitated her mother and herself living abroad for some years.

After her return to this country she married Burton Harrison, a prominent member of the New York Bar. Charles A. Dana was a great friend of Mrs. Harrison and gave her the agreeable task of editing "Monticello Letters," and from this she gleaned the matter which was the basis of her story, "The Old Dominion." Some of the stories that she has written are: "Helen of Troy," "The Old-Fashioned Fairy Book," "Short Comedies for American Players," a translation; "The Anglomaniacs," "Flower-de-Hundred." "Sweet Bells Out of Tune," "A Bachelor Maid," "An Errant Wooing," "A Princess of the Hills," "A Daughter of the South." Mrs. Harrison resides is New York, and is still busy with her pen.

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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