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KETCHUM, Annie Chambers, poet, born in Scott county, Kentucky, 8 November, 1824. She was educated under private tutors, and received the degree of M. A. from Georgetown female college. Misfortune made it necessary for her to support herself, and in 1855-'8 she became principal of the high school for girls in Memphis, Tennessee In 1858 she married Leonidas Ketchum, who died from wounds that he received at Shiloh in 1863 while serving as a Confederate officer. She then opened a normal school for ad-ranted pupils in Georgetown, Kentucky, and conducted it until 1866, when she returned to Memphis and there taught until 1869. Mrs. Ketchum is known as a teacher of elocution, and has appeared in public as a dramatic reader and lecturer. Among her best known poems are " Benny and his Kitten," "Dolores," " Semper Fidelis," " La Notte," and " Christmas Carillons." These have appeared both in southern newspapers and as special contributions to the larger magazines, in 1859 she established in Memphis "The Lotus," a monthly magazine, but abandoned it in 1861 in consequence of the civil war. Much of her work appeared in this journal, including a romance entitled "Rilla Motto," which was published only in part. She has also made translations from the Latin, German, and French, including "Marcella, a Russian Idyl" (New York, 1878). Her other works are " Nellie Bracken," a novel (Philadelphia, 1855); " Benny: A Christmas Ballad" (New York, 1869); "Lotus Flowers," a collection of poems (1878); "The Teacher's Era-pire," a series of essays on pedagogy contributed to educational journals in 1886; and " Botany for Academies and Colleges" (Philadelphia, 1887).
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