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Jean Lee Latham, American writer. Publicity director South Pinellas chapter American Red Cross, St. Petersburg, Florida, 1949; Board directors Friends of University Miami (Florida) Library. Member National League American Pen Women, Women's Auxiliary United States Power Squadron, Phi Kappa Phi, Zeta Phi Eta.

Background

Latham, Jean Lee was born on April 19, 1902 in Buckhannon, West Virginia, United States. Daughter of George Robert II and Winifred Ethelda (Brown) Latham.

Education

Bachelor of Arts, West Virginia Wesleyan College, 1925;Doctor of Letters, West Virginia Wesleyan College, 1956;B.D.E., Ithaca College, 1928;Master of Arts, Cornell Univercity, 1930;student, West Virginia Institute Technology, 1942.

Career

While in Wesleyan College, she wrote plays. In Ithaca, she taught English, history and play production. She continued teaching in Ithaca after finishing her studies at Cornell.

Her first book for children was The Story of Eli Whitney. WorldCat reports that 12 of her 13 books most widely held in participating libraries are biographies of Bowditch (fictionalized), Whitney, Samuel Morse, Rachel Carson, Elizabeth Blackwell, Francis Drake, Cyrus W. Field, Sam Houston (two, one brief and one fictionalized), David Farragut, John Ericsson, and James Cook. The other, This dear-bought land (1957), features "a fifteen-year-old boy joins the expeditionary force that hopes to establish a permanent English colony in Virginia.".

Achievements

  • Her book Carry On, Mr. Bowditch won the Newbery Medal in 1956.

Works

Religion

Everybody can reach the love of God. Salvation is for everyone who turns to God.

Politics

Peace making is the creative and positive quest for the well-being of humankind and the planet on which people live.

Views

Male and female have common humanity, having equal worth in the eyes of God. The erroneous notion that one gender is superior to another should be rejected.

Membership

Publicity director South Pinellas chapter American Red Cross, St. Petersburg, Florida, 1949. Board directors Friends of University Miami (Florida) Library. Member National League American Pen Women, Women's Auxiliary United States Power Squadron, Phi Kappa Phi, Zeta Phi Eta.

Clubs: Zonta.

Connections

father:
George Robert II Latham

mother:
Winifred Ethelda (Brown) Latham