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The fifth child (and fourth daughter) of Elias Phinney and Catherine Bartlett, Mary Phinney was born on February 3, 1818 in Lexington, Mass. She went to school at the Lexington Academy and at Smith's Academy in Waltham. Phinney and her sisters helped with the labor on her father's farm, not "infected with the fashion of that time requiring young women to be languishing, pearly hued, timid, accomplished only in ladylike but wholly useless arts" (The New York Times, January 2, 1904). Mary even made herself a "bloomer" costume which she wore when she worked in the garden.

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