Research: Myra Kelly

| June 22, 2011

Research: Myra Kelly

Myra Kelly was born in 1875 on August 26th in Dublin, Ireland. When Ms. Kelly was a child her family moved to New York City where her father worked as a physician. Myra Kelly received a diploma from Teachers College in 1899 as a teacher of Manual Training. After graduating from Teachers College, Ms. Kelly taught at P.S. 147. Her experience as a teacher influenced the stories included in her first published book, Little Citizens: The Humours of School Life (1904). She was a very popular writer in her time and published numerous books about east side school life and romance. Many of Ms. Kelly’s essays were published in popular magazines.  She also wrote essays about teaching methods and their effects.  Her marriage announcement is viewable in the NYTimes archives. http://query.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=F40E16FD345913738DDDA00A94D0405B858CF1D3 Ms. Kelly married Alan Macnaughton, the president of Standard Coach Horse Company, in 1905. In 1910 she died of tuberculosis.

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