Katharine Lente Stevenson
May 8, 1853
Copake, New York, U.S.
|Occupation||reformer, missionary, editor|
|Alma mater||Boston University School of Theology|
Katharine Lente Stevenson (sometimes spelled Katherine Lent Stevenson; May 8, 1853 - 1919) was an American temperance reformer, missionary, and editor. She was a successful platform speaker, writer and officer of the Woman's Christian Temperance Union (WCTU) on whose behalf she also visited Japan, China, India, Australia and other countries as a missionary.
The refusal of the General Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church to recognize women as preachers terminated her ministry as associate pastor of the Methodist church in Allston, Massachusetts, but it was her dream to be in charge of a church--Methodist if it may be, Independent if it must be.
After marrying James Stevenson, a merchant of Boston, Newton, Massachusetts became her home until 1893, when she came to Chicago as editor of the department of Books and Leaflets for the Woman's Temperance Publishing Association, and contributing editor to the Union Signal. In November, 1894, the National WCTU showed its appreciation of her two years' service, 1891-93, as Corresponding Secretary of the Massachusetts WCTU by electing her to the same office in the national organization.
In September 1909, she had traveled to Christchurch, New Zealand and spoke on behalf of temperance. In November, Stevenson, the missionary, toured Australia in the interests of temperance reform, sent by the WCTU as a representative of the world's officers of the Union on a special mission to the educational institutions of the Far East, including India, China, Japan, and Burma. Australia was not on her program, but when she had finished in China and Japan, she resolved, on her own account, to make a tour through Australia to see it, and to help the temperance workers in the chief centers.