Florence Morse Kingsley

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Florence Morse Kingsley
Florence Morse Kingsley circa 1896
Florence Morse Kingsley circa 1896
Born(1859-07-14)July 14, 1859
DiedNovember 7, 1937(1937-11-07) (aged 78)
Alma materWellesley College
Years active1879–1914

Florence Morse Kingsley (July 14, 1859 – November 7, 1937) was an American author of popular and religious fiction.

Early life[edit]

Florence Morse Kingsley was born in Poe, Medina County, Ohio, to artists Eleanor Ecob[1] and Jonathan Bradley Morse.[2][3][4] Florence grew up in Brecksville Township, Ohio, where her parents were educators in the local school district.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Florence Morse was a student at Wellesley College from 1876 to 1879. However, she had to leave before graduating because of a severe eye problem.[6]

She married Reverend Charles Rawson Kingsley,[7][8] son of Frances Elizabeth Rawson and Charles Clark Kingsley on July 12, 1882 in Utica, New York. Dr. Charles and Mrs Florence Kingsley had five children: Charles Rawson Kingsley, Jr., Donald Morse Kingsley, Grace Ecob Kingsley, James Morse Kingsley, and John Bradley Kingsley.[9]

Professional life[edit]

Florence Morse Kingsley was a contemporary of fellow writer Lew Wallace, the author of Ben-Hur.[10] The influence of her early Wellesley days were captured in her books:[6]

When Kingsley was thirty-five, a publisher held a writing competition to obtain the best manuscript that would inspire a child's faith for Christ. It was in this contest that Florence Kingsley submitted her manuscript for Titus: A Comrade of the Cross. In six weeks, 200,000 copies had been printed to meet demand. She later published two other works of Christian fiction: the sequel to her original entitled Stephen: A Soldier of the Cross, and the epic tale The Cross Triumphant.[10]

Kingsley was featured in, and a contributing writer to, the Ladies' Home Journal.[11][12]


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  2. ^ "Donald-Morse-Kingsley-FL – User Trees". genealogy.com.
  3. ^ "www.PeterJungFineArt.com". peterjungfineart.com. Archived from the original on May 5, 2015. Retrieved April 29, 2015.
  4. ^ Cookinham, Henry J. (January 1, 1912). History of Oneida County, New York: From 1700 to the Present Time. S.J. Clarke Publishing Company – via Internet Archive.
  5. ^ "History of Brecksville Township, OH". rays-place.com.[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ a b "Florence Morse Kingsley, born 1859, died – 1937, Biography – Read How You Want". readhowyouwant.co.nz.
  7. ^ "Charles Rawson Kingsley". www.condit-family.com. Retrieved July 16, 2022.
  8. ^ "The National Cyclopaedia of American Biography: Being the History of the United States as Illustrated in the Lives of the Founders, Builders, and Defenders of the Republic, and of the Men and Women who are Doing the Work and Moulding the Thought of the Present Time". J. T. White Company. January 1, 1909 – via Google Books.
  9. ^ "Donald-Morse-Kingsley-FL - User Trees - Genealogy.com". www.genealogy.com. Retrieved July 16, 2022.
  10. ^ a b "Squeaky Clean Reviews: Author Spotlight". Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved April 20, 2015.
  11. ^ THE LADIES' HOME JOURNAL March, 1898. May 1, 1898. {{cite book}}: |work= ignored (help)
  12. ^ "The Ladies' Home Journal". LHJ Publishing, Incorporated. 1897. p. 15.

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