Appletons' Cyclopædia of American Biography/Youmans, Letitia Creighton

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YOUMANS, Letitia Creighton, Canadian reformer, b. in Cobourg, Ont., in 1827. She was educated at the Cobourg ladies' academy and at Burlington academy, Hamilton, and was for a short time teacher in a ladies' academy at Pictou. In 1850 she married Arthur Youmans, and soon afterward she became well known as a lecturer on temperance. She was superintendent of the juvenile work of the Good Templar organization and a member of the editorial staff of the “Temperance Union,” organized a Women's Christian temperance union in Toronto, and was president of the Ontario temperance union from 1878 till 1883, when she became president of the Dominion organization. She was re-elected in 1885. Mrs. Youmans was one of the Canadian delegates to the World's temperance congress at Philadelphia in 1876, and in May, 1882, visited the British women's temperance association at London, and afterward lectured in various parts of England, Ireland, and Scotland. She is also well known as a lecturer on temperance throughout this country.