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Ackermann, Jessie



Jessie A. Ackermann was born in Illinois in 1857, the daughter of Charles and Amanda Ackerman(n), although some sources quote her as saying that she was born in Boston, Massachusetts on July 4, 1860. She grew up in Chicago and later moved to California with a stint at the University of California, Berkeley in 1880. She was involved in the temperance movement by 1881 and began working with the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union (WCTU) in 1888. Ackermann was appointed world missionary for the WCTU in 1889. In this role, she traveled to Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Europe, South America, and South Africa, sometimes on multiple occasions. Her travels earned her the honor of becoming a Fellow of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society.

Ackermann wrote numerous newspaper articles and was the author of three books: The World Through a Woman’s Eyes (1896), What Women Have Done with the Vote (1913), and Australia From a Woman’s Point of View (1913). Although she traveled for many years, she spent the late 1890s in Chicago, the late 1920s and early 1930s in Johnson City, Tennessee, and the remainder of her life in Los Angeles and Pomona, California. Ackermann died in Pomona on March 31, 1951.

Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:

Jessie Ackermann Papers

Identifier: AppMs-0073
Scope and Contents The Jessie Ackermann Papers consist primarily of incoming correspondence and newspaper clippings. The correspondence is largely from admirers and other temperance organizers, with a small number of letters from Frances E. Willard and Lady Henry Somerset. The newspaper clippings document Ackermann’s activities in various countries including lectures and social events given in her honor; the bulk of the clippings lack information about the news source or date. There are also copies of...
Dates: 1887-1945

Charles C. Sherrod Presidential Papers

Identifier: UnivRec-0059
Scope and Contents The papers of Charles C. Sherrod concern all aspects of the administration o£ East Tennessee State Teachers College during his term as president, 1925-1949. Records relating to ongoing subjects frequently were carried forward to succeeding administrations by the office of the president. Therefore, records of President B. E. Dossett should be checked for records of President C. C. Sherrod; likewise, the Sherrod Papers may include items from his predecessor's (Sidney Gilbreath) administration....
Dates: 1919-1956

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