Woman of the Century/Mary Frances Tucker

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TUCKER, Mrs. Mary Frances, poet, born in the town of York, Washtenaw county. Mich., 16th May, 1837. Her maiden name was Mary Frances Tyler. In 1849 her family removed to Fulton, N. Y., where she was reared and carefully educated. In her early years she was inclined to poetical cumposition. and in her seventeenth MARY FRANCES TUCKER A woman of the century (page 735 crop).jpgMARY FRANCES TUCKER. she published her two poems, "Going Up and Coming Down " and "Cometh a Blessing Down," which have gone round the world. In 1856 she year became the wife of Dr. E. L. Tucker, of Fulton, N. Y., arising physician of cultured tastes. They removed to Michigan, where they lived until 1863, when Dr. Tucker recruited a cavalry company for a Michigan regiment, and went with them into active service as first lieutenant. He died in camp in Chattanooga, Tenn. Soon after his death Mrs. Tucker and her two daughters and son removed to Omro, Wis., where they now reside. The older daughter, Ada, died several years ago. The youngest daughter, Grace, and the son, Frank, are successful teachers, and the son has added law to his work. Since her daughter's death, Mrs. Tucker has been an invalid, writing only occasionally for publication, and living in close retirement. As a journalist she achieved considerable distinction, but it is through her poems that she is best known to the literary world. She has contributed to the "Magazine of Poetry," the "Home Journal" and other prominent periodicals. Her work is in the moral vein.