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Mary Electa Adams (1823-1898). Courtesy Wikimedia Commons.

Mary Electa Adams
Born November 10, 1823
Westbury, Lower Canada
Died November 5, 1898 (aged 74)
Nationality Canada Canadian
Citizenship British subject

Mary Electa Adams (November 10, 1823 - November 5, 1898) was a Canadian poet and educator.


Adams was born in Westbury, Lower Canada (now Quebec), and moved with her family to Upper Canada (now Ontario) when she was 2 years old.[1]

She graduated with a Mistress of Liberal Arts diploma from the Coburg Ladies' Seminary, and became a teacher with that school. In 1847 the Seminary was renamed the Adelaide Academy and moved to Toronto, and Adams relocated to that city.

She became principal of the Picton Academy in 1848, a teacher at the Albion Seminary in Michigan in `1850, and chief preceptress of the Wesleyan Academy (now Mount Allison University) in Sackville, New Brunswick, in 1854.[1]


Adams's poems were collected for private publication in 1898 by her niece, poet Helena Coleman.[2]

Adams was declared a person of national historic significance in 2004.[2]



From Distant Shores Mary Electa Adams Poetry Audiobook Full English

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  1. 1.0 1.1 John G. Reid, "Adams, Mary Electa,"Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online. Volume XII. Toronto: University of Toronto and Laval University, 2000, Web, Nov. 12, 2011.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Adams, Mary Electa, Canada's Early Women Writers, Simon Fraser University. Web, Dec. 17, 2013.
  3. "Selected Poetry of Mary Electa Adams (1823-1898)", Representative Poetry Online, University of Toronto,, Web, Nov. 12, 2011.

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