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: