Mary C. Ames

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Mary Clemmer Ames (aka Mrs. Edmund Hudson) (6 May 1831 – 18 August 1884) American author was born to Abraham Clemmer and Margaret Kneale in Utica, New York. On 7 May 1851 she married the Rev. Daniel Ames, from whom she was divorced in 1874. Her early newspaper experience was gained on the Springfield, Massachusetts Republican, the New York Press (1865), and the Brooklyn Daily Union (1869–71).

In 1871 she received $5000 for her work, the largest salary ever paid a newspaper woman up to that time. In later life she moved to Washington, D.C., where her home was a literary and social centre, and on 19 June 1883 she married Edmund Hudson, editor of the Army and Navy Register. She became best known for her "Woman's Letter from Washington", contributed for many years to the New York City Independent.

She wrote both poetry and prose, including novels. Her complete works were published at Boston (four volumes, 1885). Her works include:

  • Victoire (1864)
  • Eirene; or A Woman's Right (1870)
  • Ten Years in Washington (1871)
  • Outlines of Men, Women, and Things (1873)
  • His Two Wives (1874)
  • Memorials of Alice and Phœbe Cary (twenty-sixth edition, 1885)
  • Poems of Life and Nature (1886)


  • Hudson, Memorial Biography of Mary C. Ames (Boston, 1886)
  • Wikisource-logo.svg This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainGilman, D. C.; Thurston, H. T.; Colby, F. M., eds. (1905). "article name needed". New International Encyclopedia (1st ed.). New York: Dodd, Mead.