Sarepta Henry

(1839-1900). Writer, temperance worker, one of the early leaders of the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union, Seventh-day Adventist leader in women’s work. She was born into the family of a Methodist minister who did much pioneering work in Illinois. Being too frail, in her father’s opinion, to work at the household chores, Sarepta spent her childhood and youth accompanying him on his itineraries. In her youth she attended Rock River Seminary. In 1861 she married James W. Henry, a teacher, who died 10 years later, leaving her with three small children. She supported her family by teaching and by writing stories and poetry for publication. Appalled one day in the spring of 1874 that her child had been enticed to enter a saloon, she set out to organize the Christian women of Rockford, Il...

From the Seventh-day Adventist Encyclopedia. Published with permission from the Review and Herald Publishing Association.

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