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      Mary Baker Glover Eddy, the founder of Christian Science, was born on July 16, 1821 in Bow, New Hampshire, the youngest of six children of Mark and Abigail Baker. On December 10, 1843 she married Major George Washington Glover, an engineer. Glover, a South Carolinian, took her to live in Charleston, but the family soon relocated to Wilmington, where Glover had several ongoing construction projects. While in the Port City, Glover contracted yellow fever and died on June 27, 1844.

      His wife, pregnant with their son, was left destitute. She was saved by the local Masonic lodge whose members took her in and sheltered her on account of her deceased husband’s Masonic membership. Having recovered financially and emotionally, she returned to New Hampshire. In 1866, while living in Lynn, Massachusetts, she fell and severely injured her spine. In recovery for the next three years, Eddy turned to homeopathic remedies and prayer. She later claimed that, during the period, she “discovered” Christian Science, a belief that illnesses could be cured only through a higher understanding of God, and an explicit rejection of medicine based purely on scientific reason.

      Nine years after her “discovery,” Eddy published her thoughts and beliefs in Science and Health, later considered the textbook of the Christian Science movement. In 1908, at the age of 87, Eddy founded the Christian Science Monitor. She died two years later in Newton, Massachusetts.

Wilmington Chronicle, July 3, 1844
Gillian Gill, Mary Baker Eddy (1998)
Rachel A Koestler-Grack, Mary Baker Eddy (2004)
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