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Waring, Mary R. Fitzbutler

(born: 1870  -  died: 1958) 

Mary R. Fitzbutler Waring was said to have been born in Louisville, KY, but according to the 1880 U.S. Census, she was born in Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada, the daughter of doctors Henry and Sarah Fitzbutler. The family moved to the U.S. in 1875 and was living in Louisville in 1880.

Waring would become a teacher at the Western Colored School, according to the 1890 Louisville City Directory. She was an 1894 graduate of the Louisville National Medical College.

Mary married Frank B. Waring, her second husband, in 1901. According to the 1930 U.S. Census, the Warings were living in Chicago, where Mary was a physician, having graduated from the Chicago Medical College, and was also a school teacher. She was the 1915 commissioner of the Chicago Exposition, featuring progress of Colored People in Chicago. She was also the appointed representative of the National Council of Women of America and served as president of the National Association of Colored Women, attending the International Council of Women in Norway in 1920.

For more see Who's Who in Colored America, 1928-29; Blacks in Science and Medicine, by V. O. Sammons; and Notable Black American Women, Book II, by J. C. Smith.

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