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Mary Harris Armor

 


Mary Harris Armor

Mrs. Mary Harris Armor of Eastman, Georgia, was called "The Southern Joan of Arc" She is state president of the Woman's Christian Temperance Union and has electrified the whole community. North and South with her match-less eloquence, her unanswerable logic, and her magnetic personality, as she has gone from city to city pleading, the cause of prohibition.

Mrs. Armor is credited with being the main factor in the passage of the state prohibitory law for Georgia and she is now in constant demand as a speaker at Chautauqua's and all over the country. Mrs. Armor's chief claim to distinction, aside from her platform work, is the fact that she raised a subscription of $7,000.00 in a single evening, for the work of the National Woman's Christian Temperance Union.

One who was present at that memorable meeting, said: "A panic was on, the banks had closed down. Everyone who had money had it glued to the bottom of his pocket. When the little Georgia woman announced that she was going to raise $5,000 before she sat down, everybody smiled. She made no speech but talked simply, but the appeal went to the hearts of every one present. She was pleading passionately for her people, she was a Joan of Arc calling on her countrymen to rise, buckle on the sword and defend themselves.

She was eloquent, formidable, tragic. Her humor would steal a smile from the lips of grief; she was malevolent and objurgatory against her enemies; she was strong in her rhetorical efforts and intensity. Chaste, eloquent and moving a marvelous woman truly!" She said all that 5,000 people could stand and $7,000 was raised. Mrs. Armor is in demand all over the country to speak for temperance and philanthropy.

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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