Woman of the Century/Jessie Wilson Manning
MANNING, Mrs. Jessie Wilson, author and lecturer, born in Mount Pleasant, Iowa, 26th October, 1855. Her maiden name was Wilson. She spent her childhood and received her education in Mount Pleasant. JESSIE WILSON MANNING. Immediately after graduation in the Iowa Wesleyan University, in 1874, Miss Wilson entered the held of platform work, and was for five years an able and eloquent speaker on literary subjects and for the cause of temperance. In the fall of 1889 all her private ambitions and public work were changed by her marriage to Eli Manning, of Chariton, Iowa, prominent in business and political circles in that State. Since her marriage Mrs. Manning has devoted herself to her home and family of three sons. Her first book, published in 1887, called the "Passion of Life," is her most ambitious work and has achieved a moderate success. She has written a large number of articles for the Iowa press, among them a series of literary criticism, and poems, and essays for magazines, besides stories under a pen-name. Her Chariton home is a social and literary center.