Brenda Ueland, 1891 - 1985

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Minnesota Historical Society archive (ca. 1930)
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Born: 24 October 1891, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Died: 5 March 1985, Minnesota

Brenda Ueland was the third of seven children born to a prominent attorney and an activist in the women's suffrage movement who was the first president of the Minnesota League of Women's Voters. She attended Wells and Barnard colleges, taking a baccalaureate from Barnard in 1913 and immediately becoming the first female reporter on the Minneapolis Tribune. She moved to New York City in 1915, living in Greenwich Village, serving as an editor at Crowell Publishing, later as a staff writer for Liberty Magazine, and freelancing for the Saturday Evening Post and Ladies' Home Journal among others. In 1930 she returned to Minneapolis where she taught writing, wrote two books (If You Want to Write in 1938 and her autobiography Me in 1939), and wrote columns for several papers including the Minneapolis Times. After her coverage of the Quisling trial in 1946, Ueland was dubbed a Knight of the Royal Norwegian Order of St Olav. She acknowledged having many lovers, three of whom she married and divorced. She was physically active throughout her ninety-three years, walking many miles a day and set at least one international swimming record for people over eighty.

Biography from Wikipedia and Minnesota Historical Society

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