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Mary Elizabeth Lease

Born: Sep 11, 1850

Death: Oct 29, 1933

Birthplace: Ridgway

Nationality: United States

Mary Elizabeth Lease

Date of Birth : Sep 11, 1850
Date of Death : Oct 29, 1933
Birth Place : Ridgway

Mary Elizabeth Lease was an American lecturer, writer, and political activist. She was an advocate of the suffrage movement as well as temperance but she was best known for her work with the Populist party. She was born to Irish immigrants Joseph P. and Mary Elizabeth Clyens, in Ridgway, Pennsylvania. In 1895, she wrote The Problem of Civilization Solved, and in 1896, she moved to New York City where she edited the democratic newspaper, World. In addition, she worked as an editor for the National Encyclopedia of American Biography. Mary Elizabeth Lease was also known as Mary Ellen Lease. She was called "Queen Mary", "Mother Lease" by her supporters and "Mary Yellin" by her enemies. Lease died in Callicoon, New York.

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