Lucy Foster Madison

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Lucy Foster Madison
Born April 8, 1865
Kirksville, Missouri
Died March 16, 1932
Hudson Falls, New York
Cause of death Stroke
Occupation Writer, teacher

Lucy Foster Madison (April 8, 1865 – March 16, 1932) was an American novelist and teacher.

Born Lucy Foster in Kirksville, Missouri, the daughter of George W. Foster and Almira Parker,[1][2] she graduated from high school in Louisiana, Missouri.[3] Her father, mother, and brother all died[1] while she was a teen,[2] leaving her to care for her two younger sisters. She became a school teacher in Louisiana, Missouri, then in Kansas City, Missouri. In 1890 she was married to Winfield Scott Madison.[1]

In 1893, the offer of a prize by a New York newspaper interested her enough to enter a short story and she won second place. She became a writer of both short stories and novels, plus a compiler of various Chautauqua assemblies.[1] Her series of "Peggy Owens" stories and other tales for girls were popular early in the twentieth century. Her husband began to suffer ill health, so they moved to a farm near Hudson Falls, New York in 1924. She died there in 1932, a few days after she had a stroke.[2]


  • A maid of the first century[3] (1899)
  • A maid at King Alfred's court[3] (1900)
  • A colonial maid of old Virginia[3] (1902)
  • A daughter of the Union[3] (1903)
  • A maid of Salem Towne[3] (1906)
  • Peggy Owen, patriot: a story for girls[3] (1908)
  • Peggy Owen at Yorktown[3] (1910)
  • Bee and butterfly: a tale of two cousins[4] (1913)
  • Time's follower[3] (1914)
  • Joan of Arc: the warrior maid[3] (1918)
  • In doublet and hose: a story for girls (1919)
  • Peggy Owen: a story for girls (1920)
  • Lafayette (1921)
  • Peggy Owen at Yorktown (1925)
  • Washington (1925)


  1. ^ a b c d Leonard, John William, ed. (1914), Woman's Who's who of America: A Biographical Dictionary of Contemporary Women of the United States and Canada, 1, New York: The American Commonwealth Company, p. 534. 
  2. ^ a b c "Lucy Madison Dies", The New York Times, New York, p. 24, March 17, 1932, retrieved 2013-03-06.  See also: Author Lucy Foster Madison obit NY Times 3/17/1932,, November 20, 2007, retrieved 2013-03-06. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Wikisource-logo.svg Rines, George Edwin, ed. (1920). "Madison, Lucy Foster". Encyclopedia Americana. 
  4. ^ Smith, Geoffrey D. (1997), American Fiction, 1901-1925: A Bibliography, Cambridge University Press, p. 440, ISBN 0521434696. 

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