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CARY, Lillian Clark

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CARY, Lillian Clark. (Lyon, IA, Jan. 3, 1873--Dubuque, IA, Dec. 14, 1945). Lecturer. Cary, a highly respected member of the National Order of the Ladies of the GAR (Grand Army of the Republic), served as the president of the Iowa chapter from 1915 to 1916 and the national president from 1919 to 1920. In 1921 she was named to the Republican National Committee.

The first woman to serve on the board of curators of the State of Iowa, Cary held the position from 1922 to 1930. While serving as editor of The Bugle Call, the official publication of the Ladies of the GAR, Cary wrote patriotic literature and histories of the flag. The GAR distributed these across the United States.