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Lula Greene Richards

Born: Apr 8, 1849

Death: Sep 9, 1944

Birthplace: Council Bluffs

Nationality: United States

Lula Greene Richards

Date of Birth : Apr 8, 1849
Date of Death : Sep 9, 1944
Birth Place : Council Bluffs

Louisa Lula Greene Richards was a poet and was the first female periodical editor in Utah Territory, USA. Richards's work was published under a variety of names, including Louisa L. Greene, Louise L. Green, Lula Green, and Lula G. Richards. Louisa Lula Greene was born in Kanesville, Iowa. Lula's parents were Evan M. Greene and Susan Kent. Both of her grandmothers were sisters to LDS Church president Brigham Young. In 1852, her family moved to Salt Lake City, Utah Territory. In Utah, Greene grew up in Salt Lake City, Provo, Grantsville and Smithfield. In 1869, Greene was briefly the editor of the Smithfield Sunday School Gazette, a small periodical issued to individuals who attended the LDS Church Sunday School in Smithfield. In early 1870, Greene enrolled at the University of Deseret in Salt Lake City. However, in 1871, she was required to return to Smithfield due to a family illness. Lacking the money she needed for the trip, Greene submitted a poem to the Salt Lake Daily Herald and asked editor Edward L. Sloan to buy it for $7.50, which was the amount of money she needed to return home. Sloan agreed, and her poem "Tired Out" was published on the front page of the Daily Herald.


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