Catharine Hitchcock Tilden Avery
(December 13, 1844 - December 21, 1911) was an American author, editor, and educator from Michigan
. She was founder and regent of the Western Reserve
Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution
(DAR), of Cleveland
; Vice-President General of its National Society; and editor of its official organ, the American Monthly
. She also served two years as a member of the Cleveland School Board, being the first woman in Ohio chosen to an elective office.
After the death of her father in 1861, she moved with her step-mother to Massachusetts
, was educated in the Normal School of that state, became a close friend of Lydia Maria Child
, attracted the notice of Wendell Phillips
, and taught school in Massachusetts. Coming of Revolutionary ancestry, her eastern education and experience increased her pride in it, and soon after the first meeting of the DAR, she became a member of the District of Columbia
Society. The first president-general, Caroline Scott Harrison
, offered her the state regency of Ohio. This honor she declined, but accepted the regent's commission for the Western Reserve Chapter, which she organized, the first in Ohio. In 1895, she was unanimously elected regent of the state. On retiring from the state regency, she was elected vice president-general from Ohio, and at the expiration of that term, the state bestowed upon her the life title "honorary state regent." From the time she joined the order until her death, 20 years later, she never relaxed her interest or activities in the work of the DAR in Ohio and the U.S. During the last 12 years of her life, she was editor of the American Monthly
magazine, the official organ of the national society. Even earlier, she had been a generous contributor to the newspapers on the subjects which were considered vital to her, and had been elected to membership in the Woman's Press Club. She twice served as its president and was its delegate to the conventions of the International League of Press Clubs held at St. Paul, Minnesota
and San Francisco
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