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Katharine G. Busbey 1872 ~

 

Mrs. Katharine G. Busbey was born in Brooklyn, New York. Graduated from Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts, in 1885. Was married in 1896, and has lived in Washington since that date.

Her father, Horace Graves, was a lawyer; her mother, a college president; her uncle, a college professor, Mrs. Busbey wrote "The Letters from a New Congressman's Wife," published in a popular magazine. The publisher said they were good and wanted to use her name, but she decided that they should go anonymously to test their value, fearing these stories would be attributed to her husband, who was in the center of the Washington political maelstrom, and people might say she acted only as his amanuensis. She was right. The stories were popular and when a year later the same magazine printed a story by Katharine G. Busbey, author of "Letters from a New Congressman's Wife," she received many letters from all parts of the country and many compliments from public men who had enjoyed those letters.

In 1908 she went to England to prepare a report for the United States Bureau of Labor on the conditions of women in English factories, and while in London received a proposition to write for a London publisher a book on "Home Life in America.' That book was published in 1910, and it received extended and favorable reviews in all the great literary papers and the dailies. Many of the reviewers did not know the author, but credited her with information, industry and cleverness in handling the subject.

In the past year she has had stories in the Saturday Evening Post, Harper's Magazine, The Sunday Magazine, Good Housekeeping, and other magazines here and in England.

Mrs. Busbey is a college bred woman who came back to literature after she had served her country as a mother, and is destined to achieve a brilliant success in the literary world.

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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