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An uncommon woman : the life of Lydia Hamilton Smith / Mark Kelley.

Kelley, Mark, 1949- (author.).

"A biography of Lydia Hamilton Smith (1813-1884), a prominent African American businesswoman in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and the longtime housekeeper and life companion of the state's abolitionist congressman Thaddeus Stevens"-- Provided by publisher.

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  • ISBN: 9780271096759
  • ISBN: 0271096756
  • Physical Description: xi, 266 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
  • Publisher: University Park, Pennsylvania : The Pennsylvania State University Press, [2023]

Content descriptions

General Note:
"A Keystone book."
Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 252-259) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
James Buchanan's father slept here -- A girlhood in Gettysburg -- Coming of age -- Another name change -- Much more than a housekeeper -- Everyone's on the move -- The widow and the congressman -- Booze, politics, and the Underground Railroad -- Life, death, and marriage -- The war years -- "In health or in sickness" -- The battles after the war -- A companion lost -- "It was Mr. Dickey" -- Mrs. Smith goes to Washington -- Mrs. Smith versus the executors -- An elderly businesswoman -- "A noted woman gone" -- Those left behind -- A life well lived.
Subject: Smith, Lydia Hamilton, 1813-1884.
Stevens, Thaddeus, 1792-1868.
African American women > Pennsylvania > Lancaster > Biography.
African American businesspeople > Pennsylvania > Lancaster > Biography.
Businesswomen > Pennsylvania > Lancaster > Biography.
Housekeepers > Pennsylvania > Lancaster > Biography.
Lancaster (Pa.) > Biography.
Lancaster (Pa.) > History > 19th century.
Genre: Biographies.

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  • 1 of 1 copy available at York County Libraries.


  • 1 current hold with 1 total copy.
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Red Land Community Library Adults Smith Biography (Text) 34006001005435 Main Room New Available -

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