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Mary Margaret Fryer Manning


Mrs. Daniel Manning can trace her Dutch ancestry back many generations in Holland on her father's side. On her mother's side she traces her ancestry from Robert Livingston, first head of the house of Livingston.

She is a woman of pleasing and gracious presence, a sweet and abiding kindness pervading her every act, official or social. She is a leader in social circles at home, but it is in the humanitarian and spiritual side of life, in her church work and in her deeds of charity that the sweetest and truest womanhood is found.

She is the daughter of W. J. Fryer, one of the early merchant princes of Albany, and her mother was Margaret Livingston Crofts, granddaughter of Robert Thong Livingston. Miss Fryer was the second wife of the late Daniel Manning. They were married in November, 1884, and in March, 1885, he was appointed by Mr. Cleveland Secretary of the Treasury.

During the years that Mr. Manning held the portfolio of the Treasury their home in Washington became a center of social and political affairs in Washington. After Mr. Manning's death in 1887 Mrs. Manning continued to spend part of each year in Washington, and has never lost sight of the friendships made there.

Her patriotism is shown in her work for the Mohawk Chapter of Albany, of which she was regent. She has done yeoman service on the Continental Hall Committee. She was admirably adapted to her position of president of the society, to which she was elected by the congress of 1898.

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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