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|Collection Reference Number
|From Archive Folder
|Papers of George May Powell
|Alma A. Barrell to George May Powell about Emma's progress
|3 February 1867
|Barrell, Alma A. (fl. 1860-1868)
|Powell, George May
|re: She reports on Emma's progress; Emma is not yet strong enough to write. Emma sends her love and promises to write soon herself.
|Friendship Women's History Woman Author Health and Medical
|Powell, George May (1835-1905) Small, Emma C. (fl. 1860-1868)
|Miller Farm, Massachusetts
|Women in American History; Health & Medicine
|The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1860-1945
|Powell was a Lincoln supporter and served as a statistician in the Treasury Department during the Civil War. He was an inventer, social reformer, evangelical, entrepreneur, pacifist, and archaeologist. His philosophy and life combined social Christianity and capitalist enterprise. The Republican Party in the 1864 election used Powell's 1863 article, favorably comparing American wartime excise taxes with those of other countries at peace. His photographic montage of supporters of the Thirteenth Amendment (included in this collection) was very popular. Active in religious work as a young man, he was the secretary and manager of the Evangelistic Press Association and led a topographical corps through Egypt and North Africa to create Sunday School maps of Palestine and the Holy Land. He invented many devices both during and after the Civil War, and pursued economic ventures in enterprises such as the Cordell Life Limb company, providing prosthetics for Civil War veterans. After the war he founded the Evangelical Press Association in 1868, led the Oriental Topographical Corps in an archaeological expedition to Egypt and Palestine in 1873 (publishing colored maps and lecturing widely after his return), and ran unsuccessfully for Congress on the Prohibition Ticket. He worked to promote fireproof structures and participated in the American Forestry Commission, the Grange and Patrons of Husbandry, the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences, and the National Geographic Society. He was active in Sabbath reform work.
|The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
|Civil War, Reconstruction and the Modern Era: 1860-1945