Biography of Mary H. Severance (w/o) Solomon
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MARY H. SEVERANCE was a lifelong resident of Cleveland. was the daughter, wife and mother of prominent and honored citizens, and was a gracious gentlewoman who was widely known and loved. She was born in Cleveland March 1, 1816, the only child of Dr. David Long. the distinguished pioneer physician of Cleveland. She received excellent educational advantages and became a woman of distinctive culture. In 1883 was solemnized her marriage to Solomon Lewis Severance, a successful young merchant whose death occurred five years later. The two children of this union were Solon L. and Louis H. Mrs. Severance continued as a loved and influential figure in the representative social and cultural activities of her native city until her death, October 1, 1902, at the venerable age of eighty six years and seven months. In her girlhood she became a devoted member of the First Presbyterian Church, later she became a charter member of the Second Presbyterian Church, and in 1872 she assisted in founding the Woodland Avenue Presbyterian Church, with the support and upbuilding of which she was actively identified. She was a zealous and devoted worker in patriotic lines in the Civil war period, especially in connection with the sanitary commission, and she assisted in the founding of the Protestant Orphan Asylum and the Lakeside Hospital, of the latter of which she continued a trustee until her death. In all of the relations of life she went about trailing the beatitudes in her train, and her gentle and gracious life signified much to Cleveland.


From:
A History of Cuyahoga County
and the City of Cleveland
By: William R. Coates
Publishers:
The American Historical Society
Chicago and New York, 1924


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