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The Blue Book of Iowa Women A History of Contemporary Women

Compiled by Winona Evans Reeves, 1914.


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Mrs. H. B. Scott

Mrs. Leonora Cranch Scott, of Burlington, was born in Sorrento, Italy, on June 4, 1848.  She is the daughter of Christopher Pearse Cranch and Elizabeth DeWendt.  Both of her parents were of direct English ancestry, and both were related to John Adams.  Through this line she is descended from John Alden and Priscilla de Molines.  Her father was a poet, an artist and a scholar.  He was educated for a minister in the Harwood Divinity School.  She was born during the residence of her father and mother in Europe.  When she was nineteen months old they left Italy, and until she was fifteen years old, they lived in Paris.  Returning to this country they lived in New York and Cambridge, Mass.  For fifty years her grandfather was judge in the District of Columbia.  At Staten Island, N. Y., on June 20, 1872, she was married to Col. Henry Bruce Scott.  They have six children:  George Cranch, Henry Russell, Sarah Carlisle, Richard Gordon, Elizabeth Rose and Margaret.  She inherited from her gifted father a love for art which was fostered by her residence in the art centers of Europe during the impressionable years of childhood.  She is a student of art and traveled for several months with her daughters in an art class in Holland, Spain and Italy.  She has written a history of her father in "Life and Letters, of Christopher Pearse Cranch."  In religious faith she is a Unitarian, and for six or eight years worked very hard for the establishment of the Peoples' Church.  She is a member of the Sheldon Circle of King's Daughters, Musical Club, Director of the Visiting Nurse Association and of the Humane Society, President of the Burlington Art Club and of the Rescue League.



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