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Crary, Catherine Snell (1909–1974) - U.S. History

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Catherine Snell Crary, who found a missing original Federalist Paper written in longhand by John Jay, was born in Rochester, New York, on February 12, 1909. She was the daughter of Albert Conrad, an ophthalmologist, and Cora (Nell) Snell. She attended private schools and received a B.A. in 1930 from Mount Holyoke College. She married Calvert Horton Crary, an investment management executive, in 1932 and received a Ph.D. in history in 1933 from Radcliffe College. She taught history at Brearley School in New York City before becoming a history lecturer at Barnard College. In 1957 she became an adjunct professor of history at Finch College in New York City, where she remained until 1959.

In 1965 Catherine Crary wrote Dear Belle: Letters from a Cadet and Officer to His Sweetheart, 1858–1865. The Price of Loyalty: Tory Writings from the Revolutionary Era was published in 1973, and the next year she received the American Revolution Bicentennial Roundtable Award. Among her publications in historical and scholarly journals was “The Tory and the Spy” in William and Mary Quarterly in 1959. This article revealed that James Rivington, a New York City editor during the British occupation, supplied intelligence information to an agent of George Washington, general of the Colonial Army. Catherine Crary died in New York City on March 11, 1974.

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