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Mary Howe Henry (Howe Benning)

Mary Howe Henry (pseud. Howe Benning) (1841-1913) was born in North Bennington, Vermont, on her father's farm. She attended Mount Anthony Seminary and graduated from Mount Holyoke College in 1862. She worked as a teacher in Wisconsin and became principal of Wisconsin Female College. In 1875, she moved back to North Bennington and did her literary work under the name of Howe Benning.

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Jerusha [Loud] was born and married in Westhampton, and died at North Bennington, Vt., at the early age of 35. She was never strong and robust as many, yet her ambition made up in activity what she lacked in strength. Previous to her marriage she worked at her trade, as a milliner. She was a natural musician, with a fine voice and an exquisite taste, she became more than an ordinary one; always a leader in the choir. By her amiable disposition and social qualities she drew around her a circle of loving friends or the true and good wherever she was known. She early united with the church, ever living a consistent Christian life; and as she lived, so she died.

            Eli B. Henry was born in North Bennington, in the house where he now lives, and on the last Sabbath, October 23, 1887, celebrated his 83rd birthday. Occupation a farmer.

            Mary Howe Henry, unmarried daughter of the above, was born in North Bennington, Vt. Most of the three years, previous to entering the Mt. Holyoke Seminary, were spent at the Mt. Anthony Seminary, in Bennington Centre, Vt. IN the fall of 1858, she entered the Mt. Holyoke Seminary for three-years’ course; was graduated in 1862; united with the Congregational Church while there.. In 1866, she was engaged in four years as a teacher in the High School, at Lapeer, Michigan. In 1871, was engaged as a teacher in the Wisconsin Female College, Fox Lake, and from 1873 to 1875, was principal of the same institution. For this work she was admirably adapted. Always beloved by her pupils because she loved them, and loved her work. Since 1875, her home has been at her father’s, where she has spent her time mostly in literary work. Under the signature of Howe Benning, she has written for the Sunday School library twelve volumes, besides quite a number of articles for the religious press. For the promotion of this work she has spent some time in visiting among the homes of the poor in New York City. She was never idle, but so wedded to her work of teaching and writing, that she has made herself an invalid, yet still at work.


Loud, Watson, M. D., Genealogical Record of the Descendants of Caleb Loud, 1st., 13th Child of Francis Loud Jr., and Onner Prince Loud. Oscoda, Michigan: Henry M. Loud, 1889.