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Elizabeth Prentiss

PRENTISS, Elizabeth (née Payson). b. Portland, Maine, 26 October 1818; d. Dorset, Vermont, 13 August 1878. She became a teacher before marrying (1845) George Lewis Prentiss (1816-1903), a Congregational (later Presbyterian) minister and well known author. They lived at New Bedford, Massachusetts (1845-51) and then in New York, with a period in Europe (1858-60). Her husband became Professor of Pastoral Theology at Union Theological Seminary, New York. She died at their summer residence at Dorset. Prentiss was a prolific writer of religious books for children, notably the popular ‘Little Suzy’ books. She also wrote The Flower of the Family (New York, 1853) and The Story Lizzie Told (New...

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