Annie Wittenmyer

August 26, 1827, Sandy Springs, Ohio.

February 2, 1900, Saratoga, Pennsylvania.

Edgewood Cemetery, Pottstown, Pennsylvania.


Daughter of John G. and Elizabeth Smith Turner, Annie wrote her first poem at age 12. In 1847, she married William Wittenmyer in Sandy Springs, Ohio. Three years later, they 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 Edwin M. Stanton, Secretary of War, allowing her to move freely among military units, dispensing aid to the soldiers. In 1863, she helped found a home for soldiers’ orphans in Keokuk. In 1868, she organized the Ladies and Pastors Christian Union. She became the first president of the Women’s Christian Temperance Union in 1874, and national president of the Women’s Relief Corps of the Grand Army of the Republic in 1874. 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