GORTON, Mrs. Cynthia M. R.

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Cynthia M. Roberts Gorton was born in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, on February 27, 1826.  While attending Troy Female Seminary, she began to lose her sight.  After Cynthia married Frederick Gorton, she became totally blind.  However, this determined woman did not let her blindness stop her. 

The couple moved to Fenton, Michigan, and Cynthia became a popular lecturer.  In her talks, Gorton spoke to her audiences about temperance and other topics she was passionate about. 

Professionally, Cynthia was known as "Ida Glenwood," "The Blind Bard of Michigan," and "The Sweet Singer."  In addition to penning several books, including  Lily Pearl and the Mistress of Rosedale, she contributed to The Christian Herald of Detroit and The Magazine of Poetry

On August 10, 1894, Cynthia M. Roberts Gorton died at her home in Fenton, Michigan.



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