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Letitia Youmans 1827-1896

Letitia Youmans 1827-1896

Photos by contributor Wayne Adam - Posted November, 2010

Letitia Youmans 1827-1896

Plaque Location

The County of Prince Edward
In Picton, at Glenwood Cemetery
on the southeast corner of Grove Street and Prospect Avenue

Coordinates: N 44 00.158 W 77 08.746


Plaque Text

Born near Cobourg of Methodist parents, Letitia Youmans, née Creighton, was educated at local schools and at Burlington Ladies' Academy. In 1849 she moved to Picton and taught briefly at a girls' school. Deeply religious and believing that a well-ordered Christian family was fundamental to a prosperous, moral society, she viewed with alarm the threat presented to this ideal by intemperance. She became active in temperance reform and in 1874 formed a "Women's Christian Temperance Union" in Picton. Quickly becoming a leader in women's agitation for prohibitory legislation, she travelled extensively, organizing "unions" throughout Canada. Letitia Youmans was the first president of the W.C.T.U. of Ontario (1877-82) and of the Dominion organization (1883-89). She died at Toronto and was buried in this cemetery.



Other Plaques in Picton
The Conference Church
District Court-House and Gaol 1832
The Reverend William Macaulay 1794-1874
Founding of Hallowell
Prince Edward County Fairgrounds
John A. Macdonald in Hallowell

Prince Edward County Plaques

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> Posted May 31, 2009
yayy! :) I love women's movement history...only thing is there's hardly any pictures of Letitia Youmans :(

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