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Mary Frame (Myers) Thomas Biography

Born: Oct. 28, 1816 Montgomery county, Md.

Died: Aug. 19, 1888 Richmond, Ind.

From: Twentieth Century Biographical Dictionary of Notable Americans 1904

Mary Frame (Myers) Thomas, physician, was born in Montgomery county, Md., Oct. 28, 1816; daughter of Samuel and Mary (Frame) Myers. Her parents were members of the Society of Friends, and were strongly opposed to slavery. In order to avoid its influence they removed in 1834, to a farm near New Lisbon, Ohio, Mary and her sister Hannah walking most of the way, and for several years performing a large part of the farm work. In 1839 she was married to Dr. Owen Thomas, a member of the Hicksite branch of the Friends, who was first a practicing physician, and later a dentist. They had three daughters, the youngest of whom, Julia Josephine, married Charles J. Irvine, and became president of Wellesley college, Mass. Mrs. Thomas studied medicine in Philadelphia, Pa., and Cleveland, Ohio, 1851-54, and became a prominent physician, practicing in Fort Wayne, 1854-56, and in Richmond, Ind., 1856-88. In 1875, she was elected a member of the Wayne County Medical society, notwithstanding the unpopularity of women physicians at that time; was a delegate to the State Medical society, 1877, and to the National Medical association at Chicago, Ill., 1882. She was physician for the Home of the Friendless, 1872-88: county physician for the poor, 1878-86, and a leader in the causes of temperance, prison reform, woman suffrage, and other progressive movements. She died in Richmond, Ind., Aug. 19, 1888.

Source:

Johnson, Rossiter, ed.
Twentieth Century Biographical Dictionary of Notable Americans.
Vol. I-X. Boston, MA, USA: The Biographical Society, 1904.

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