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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- Roberts, Cynthia M. in Emma Willard and Her Pupils or Fifty Years of Troy Female Seminary. New York: Mrs. Russel Sage, c1898.
- St. Johnsbury Caledonian. [volume] (St. Johnsbury, Vt.), 08 June 1893. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress. <https://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84023253/1893-06-08/ed-1/seq-2/>
- Thomas County cat. [volume] (Colby, Kan.), 02 Dec. 1886. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress. <https://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85032814/1886-12-02/ed-1/seq-8/>
- Weekly expositor. (Brockway Centre, Mich.), 10 Aug. 1894. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress. <https://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn2006060001/1894-08-10/ed-1/seq-6/>