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McFARLAND, Amanda R., missionary, born in Brooke county, Virginia, about 1837. She was educated at Steubenville female seminary, and in 1857 married Reverend David F. McFarland, a Presbyterian clergyman. From 1862 till 1866 her husband held charge of Mattoon female seminary, Illinois, and in 1867 removed to Santa Fe to engage in mission work in New Mexico. Here Mrs. McFarland organized and conducted a successful mission-school among Mexican children. In 1873 they removed to California and established an academy at San Diego, and in 1875 they conducted missions among the Nez Perces Indians. After Mr. McFarland's death in 1876 his wife removed to Portland, Oregon, and in 1877 took charge of a school at Fort Wrangell, Alaska. Here she acted as clergyman, physician, and lawyer for the Indians, who brought their difficulties for her solution. She was called to preside over a native constitutional convention, and chiefs came long distances to enter the school of "the woman who loved their people," and to plead that teachers should be sent to their tribes. Her efforts resulted in the establishment of a training-school for Alaskan girls which is called "The McFarland Home," of which institution she now (1888) has charge.
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