Annie Wittenmyer

Au­gust 26, 1827, San­dy Springs, Ohio.

Feb­ru­a­ry 2, 1900, Sar­a­to­ga, Penn­syl­vania.

Edge­wood Ce­me­te­ry, Potts­town, Penn­sylv­an­ia.


Annie was the daught­er of John G. Turn­er and Eliz­a­beth Smith, and wife of Will­iam Wit­ten­my­er (mar­ried 1847, San­dy Springs, Ohio).

She wrote her first po­em at age 12. In 1850, she and Wil­liam moved to Ke­o­kuk, Io­wa, where she found­ed a free school in 1853.

Her hus­band died in 1860, and the next year, she joined the La­dies’ Sol­diers’ Aid Soc­i­e­ty. She re­ceived spe­cial per­mis­sion from Sec­re­ta­ry of War Ed­win Stanton, al­low­ing her to move free­ly among mil­i­tary un­its, dis­pens­ing aid to sol­diers.

In 1863, she helped found a home for sol­diers’ or­phans in Ke­o­kuk. In 1868, she or­gan­ized the La­dies and Pas­tors Chris­tian Un­ion.

In 1874, Annie be­came the first pre­si­dent of the Wo­men’s Chris­tian Tem­per­ance Un­ion (WCTU). She al­so became na­tion­al pre­si­dent of the Wo­men’s Re­lief Corps of the Grand Ar­my of the Re­pub­lic (DAR) that same year.

Her works in­clude:

  1. Infinite Mer­cy
  2. Jesus Died to Save Me
  3. Jesus Is Migh­ty to Save
  4. My Sis­ter, the Mas­ter Is Call­ing for You
  5. There’s a Love That Is Sweet­er
  6. Under His Wing
  7. Valley of Bless­ing, The
  8. We’re Climb­ing the Moun­tain of Bless­ing
  9. When I Stand on the Streets of Gold
  10. When the Cur­tains Are Lifted
  11. Wonderful Joy and Sal­va­tion