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Susa Young Gates
Susa Young Gates wrote nine books, including the first Mormon novel by a Mormon and a major biography of her father, Brigham Young. Also active in politics and women's organizations, Susa helped organize the National Household Economics Organization, served as a delegate and speaker to five Congresses of the International Council of Women, served as a delegate and officer of the National Council of Women, and was the Utah organizer of Daughters of the American Revolution, Daughters of the Utah Pioneers, and National Woman's Press Club. She attended several Republican National Conventions, served as an officer of the Relief Society and Young Ladies Mutual Improvement Association, and was a member of the Board of Regents of Brigham Young University and Utah State Agricultural College. In Utah she entertained such prominent American women as Ella Wheeler Wilcox, May Wright Sewall, Clara Barton, and Susan B. Anthony; carried on correspondence with Tolstoy, William Dean Howells, and other literary figures; published several woman suffrage pamphlets; and left many shelves of unpublished dramas, novels, short stories, and biographies. She also wrote the first Mormon genealogical treatises. She founded and edited College Lantern, said to be the first Western college paper, and later the Young Woman's Journal. She was the mother of thirteen children. [adapted from Leonard Arrington]

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Also Known As "Homespun"
Birth Date March 18, 1856
Death Date May 27, 1933
Birth Place Salt Lake City, Utah
Parents Brigham Young and Lucy Bigelow Young
Spouse Dr. Alma Bailey Dunford (1872-1877)
Jacob F. Gates (1880)
Education Brigham Young Academy
Other Biographical Information The Susa Young Gates papers are located in the Utah State Historical Society Library.
See also Paul Cracroft, "Susa Young Gates: Her Life and Literary Work."

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Lydia Knight's History1983?Biography / Memoir
Unique Story - President Brigham Young1975Biography / Memoir
The Life Story of Brigham Young: Mormon leader, Founder of Salt Lake City, and Builder of an Empire in the Uncharted Wastes of Western America1971Biography / Memoir
Brigham Young: Patriot, Pioneer, Prophet1929?Biography / Memoir
Women of the "Mormon" Church1928Biography / Memoir
Biographical Sketches: Mrs. Elizabeth Claridge McCune1898Biography / Memoir
F. Marion Crawford: His Visit to Utah1898Biography / Memoir
Brigham Young As Husband and Father1897Biography / Memoir
Heroines of Mormondom 1884Biography / Memoir
A Remarkable Life1884Biography / Memoir
Lydia Knight's History 1883Biography / Memoir
A Boy's Courage[1943]Devotional Literature
More Than a Halo[1943]Devotional Literature
The Prince of Ur1945Novel
John Stevens' Courtship: A Story of the Echo Canyon War1909Novel
Betsy Ross and the Flag1941Poetry
Remembrances of the Old Lion House Days1941Poetry
This is Death1941Poetry
My Mother's Song1896Poetry
At Rest1882Poetry
Hymn of the Mothers of MenPoetry
Life's InterludesPoetry
A Love LyricPoetry
What, When, WhoPoetry
Surname Book and Racial History: A compilation and arrangement of genealogical and historical data for use by the students and members of the Relief Society of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Prepared and published under the aupsices of the General Board of the Relief Society with the approval of the Board of the Genealogical Society of Utah1918Reference Work
Two Christmas Eves1884Short Story
Homespun Talk1881Speech

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