Minnie C. Ballard
1852–1927

Introduction

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Born: June 22, 1852, Troy, Penn­syl­van­ia.

Died: Sep­tem­ber 7, 1927.

Buried: Saint Johns Ce­me­te­ry, Troy, Penn­syl­van­ia.

Biography

Minnie (her pen name) was the daugh­ter of Or­rin Por­ter Bal­lard, Sr., and Eli­za Ann Spal­ding. On her mo­ther’s side, she was re­lat­ed to Am­er­i­can re­vo­lu­tion­a­ry fig­ure Co­lo­nel Eth­an Al­len.

Ballard’s in­tro­duc­tion to the pub­lic came around 1873, when she sub­mit­ted a po­em to Will­iam Cull­en Bry­ant, who pub­lished it in the New York Ev­en­ing Post.

She went on to con­trib­ute to the Phil­a­del­phia Times, the Cin­cin­na­ti En­quir­er, the Lou­is­ville Cou­ri­er-Jour­nal, Go­dey’s Lady’s Book, Pe­ter­son’s Ma­ga­zine, the St. Lou­is Mag­a­zine, and oth­er periodicals.

She lived in Troy her whole life.

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