OLMSTED, Mrs. Elizabeth Martha

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Poet and lyricist Elizabeth Martha Allen Olmsted was born in Caledonia, New York, on December 31, 1825. She graduated from Ingham University in  Le Roy, New York in 1847. Soon after graduation, her graduation poem was published in The United States Democratic Review.

Elizabeth married John Randolph Olmsted in 1853 and became the mother of six children.  The family lived in Le Roy.  She also continued to publish poems, and her works appeared in The Independent, The Little CorporalThe Little Pilgrim, and other periodicals.  Sara Jane Lippincott and Theodore Tilton were two editors she was associated with.

In addition to her career as a poet, Elizabeth was a lyricist.  She wrote the lyrics for  Alumnae Re-union: Welcome Songpublished in 1870, and Henri Appy wrote the music.

Elizabeth published Poems Of The House And Other Poems, which she dedicated to her children, in 1903.   

She passed away on February 7, 1910.

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