BISHOP, Mrs. Mary Agnes Dalrymple

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Mary Agnes Dalyrmple Bishop was born in Springfield, Massachusetts on August 12, 1857.  Her family moved to Grafton, Massachusetts when she was less than two years old.  Mary Agnes began writing for local papers at age eleven and was editor of The Grafton Herald when she was just sixteen. 

After graduating from high school, she taught in the public schools of Grafton and Sutton, Massachusetts  for many years  Mary Agnes also lectured frequently in her area and acted in home dramas, often as Lady Macbeth  She continued writing and was a frequent contributorm although often an anonymous one, to Youth’s Companion and other periodicals

Mary Agnes was one of the earliest members of the  New England Woman’s Press Association , attending meetings since 1886, and she served on its Executive Committee.  Writing of her career at the time that the New England Woman's Press Association began, she noted that she was a ""regular correspondent of the Boston Globe and with the Associated Press" (Lord, 23). Some of her colleagues in the New England Woman's Press Association were Estelle M. Hatch, Sallie Joy White, Kate Tannatt Woods, Alice Stone Blackwell, Cora Stuart Wheeler, Helen Maria Winslow, and Lavinia Stella Goodwin, Esther T. Housh, Maud Howe Elliott, and Lucy Stone.

In 1887, Mary Agnes became editor on the Massachusetts Ploughman.  As her A Woman of the Century profile notes:

“The position offered her had never been taken by a woman, and, indeed, the work that she did was never attempted previously, for she had the charge of almost the entire journal from the first.  A few months after she accepted the position, the proprietor died, and the entire paper was in her hands for six months.” (A Woman of the Century, p. 86)

Mary Agnes married Frederick Herbert Bishop, a Boston businessman, in 1889, and the couple lived in Wollaston Heights, Massachusetts.  She continued her editorial work and was a practical reportorial stenographer.  In addition, Mary Agnes still found time to pursue her literary career.

She served as "toastmistress" at a New England Press Association tribute to journalist Mary Boyle O'Reilly in 1917.  Helen Maria Winslow introduced O'Reilly, who spoke about her journalistic activities during World War I at this Hotel Bellevue event.  The next year, she represented the New England Woman's Press Association at a woman's conference in Arkansas.



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