Henderson County, Kentucky Biography



Miss Mary Towles Sasseen, of Henderson, Ky., who is a candidate for the Democratic nomination for Superintendent of Public Instruction, adds a new feature to State politics this year.  Miss Sasseen had made a practical study, (in) the school systems of New York, Ohio, Indiana and Colorado, all leaders in educational matters.  She is the author and originator of Mother's Day. Within the past five years she has, unaided, secured the adoption of the day in a large number of States, and cities like Boston, Brooklyn and Little Rock have had from (10,000) to 14,000 pupils in line, singing songs of home and reciting poems in honor of mother.  The effect on character must be for good and does credit both to (the) heart and head of the originator.

While Kentucky has never had a woman in that office, other States have (had) most efficient State Superintendents who were women.  Miss Sasseen is a (descendant) of families long identified with the history of Kentucky, being a grand-daughter of Judge Thomas Towles, one of the brightest men of his day, and great-granddaughter of Gen. Samuel Hopkins, for whom Hopkinsville and Hopkins County are named.  She is a daughter of Phelps Sasseen.

Contributed by Netta Mullin, HCH&GS

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