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Seymour, Flora Warren (1888–1948) - Popular Western U.S. History

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Flora Warren Seymour was born in 1888 in Cleveland, Ohio, to Charles Payne and Eleanor De Forest (Potter) Smith. She attended George Washington University and received a B.A. in 1906. She edited Quest magazine from 1908 to 1912 and was associate editor of the Woman Lawyer’s Journal in 1918. She studied law, receiving an LL.B. from the Washington College of Law in 1915 and an LL.M. from the Kent College of Law in Chicago in 1916. She was admitted to the District of Columbia Bar in 1915, to the Illinois Bar in 1916, and to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States in 1919. She married George Steele Seymour in 1915 and worked for the United States Indian Service while getting her degrees. Seymour and her husband organized the Order of Bookfellows, a national society of writers and readers. She became the first woman member of the Board of Indian Commissioners in 1922, and in 1926 began writing about the Native Americans she had studied. Seymour wrote The Indians Today in 1926, followed by Story of the Red Man in 1929. She wrote Lords of the Valley and Women of Trail and Wigwam in 1930. Ten years passed before she wrote We Called Them Indians and Indian Agents of the Old Frontier (1941). During this time, she also wrote a number of popular biographies, some for young readers, including William De Morgan, a Post-Victorian Realist (1922), Boy’s Life of Fremont (1928), Boy’s Life of Kit Carson (1929), Sam Houston, Patriot (1930), Daniel Boone, Pioneer (1931), Meriwether Lewis, Trail-Blazer (1937), and La Salle, Explorer of Our Midland Empire (1939). Seymour was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and in 1916 and 1917 was president of the Bureau of Volunteer Social Service. During World War I she was on the Women’s Committee of the Illinois State Council of Defense and was delegate to the National Council of Women in 1917 and 1919. She died in 1948.

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