Woman of the Century/Mary French Sheldon

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SHELDON, Mrs. Mary French, translator, traveler and author, born in Pittsburgh, Pa., in 1846. She is a great-great-granddaughter of Sir Isaac Newton, and her ancestry includes many notable men and women Her maiden name was Mary French. Her father was a machinist and engineer of ability and high standing in Pittsburgh. Her mother was Mrs. Elizabeth French, the well-known spiritualist and faith healer, who died in 1890. Miss Mary French was married in early life to her first husband, Mr. Byrne, from whom she was divorced in 1868 Her second husband was E. F. Sheldon, who died in the summer of 1892 Mr- Sheldon received a fine education. She is a musician and a linguist. She has published one novel and a translation of Flaubert's Salammbo" from the French. She was educated as a physician, but has not practiced. In 1890 she determined to travel in central Africa, to study the women and children in their primitive state. She was the first white woman to reach Mount Kilima-Njaro. She traveled with one female attendant and a small body of Africans. She carried a camera and secured many interesting views, which she published in her interesting volume on Africa. "Sultan to Sultan." Her home is in New York City