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Woman of the Week

Author and poet Kate Slaughter McKinney is this week's Women of the Week.   

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MCKINNEY, Mrs. Kate Slaughter

February 6, 1857

author and poet

London, KY


Author and poet Kate Slaughter McKinney was born in London, Kentucky, on February 6, 1857.  By 1870, her family lived in Kirksville, Kentucky.  Interested in writing from an early age, she published her first work at fifteen in the Louisville Courier-Journal.  Kate graduated from Daughters' College in Harrodsburg, Kentucky, in 1876.

On May 6, 1878, Kate married James I. McKinney.  In 1880, the couple lived in Richmond, Kentucky.  The McKinneys made their home in Mount Vernon, Illinois, in the late 1880s. She published a book of poetry, Katydid's Poems, in 1887.

In the early 1890s, Kate and James moved to Montgomery, Alabama, where they lived for many years.  She continued to publish into the twentieth century.

Kate passed away in Montgomery, Alabama, on March 2, 1939.