Mercy and Madness: Dr. Mary Archard Latham's Tragic Fall from Female Physician to Felon (Hardcover)

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Mercy and Madness: Dr. Mary Archard Latham's Tragic Fall from Female Physician to Felon By Beverly Lionberger Hodgins Cover Image


Spokane, Washington's first female physician, Mary Archard Latham moved to the community with her three sons--leaving her husband behind in Ohio--in 1888. She sought a better climate for her health and worked tirelessly for the health of all of Spokane's citizens, but particularly women and children and especially the poor. She helped found the Spokane Humane Society and the Spokane Public Library, and she was beloved and respected in the community. Then, in 1903, one of her sons died and she seemingly became unhinged. She would be seen wandering the streets, wailing and inconsolable, and her behavior became extremely erratic. In 1905, she was accused, arrested, and convicted of arson, then sentenced to four years of hard labor in the state penitentiary. She escaped into the forests of Idaho, where she hid from a massive manhunt for a week before being captured and sent to prison in Walla Walla. She eventually returned to Spokane a broken yet determined woman and died in 1917. Despite the tragic and violent events that characterized her later years, today Dr. Mary A. Latham is honored in Spokane for the good she did in the first part of her life. Mercy and Madness captures the captivating, outrageous, and sometimes-sorrowful life of Dr. Mary Archard Latham in her own words.

About the Author

As a member of the fourth generation of an Oregon pioneer family, Beverly Lionberger Hodgins has a distinct interest in all things historical regarding the settling and development of the Pacific and Inland Northwest. She lives in Spokane, Washington and is a distant relative of Dr. Mary Archard Latham.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781493059744
ISBN-10: 1493059742
Publisher: Two Dot Books
Publication Date: April 1st, 2022
Pages: 224
Language: English