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In Their Midst - Biographies

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Juliet Thompson
New York artist and painter and neighbor of Khalil Gibran
Hippolyte Dryfus
Talented linguist with a background in law; Abdu'l-Baha's translator in France
Laura Clifford Dryfus-Barney
American Baha'i from a prominent family, became a Baha'i in Paris and and was among the first to travel to Persia at Abdu'l-Baha's request. Fluent in Persian and married one of Abdu'l-Baha's translators
Horace Holley
American Baha'i from Connecticut, a poet and writer. Wrote the book "Baha'ism: The Modern Social Religion" and was later appointed a Hand of the Cause in 1951
Lady Sara Louisa Blomfield
Prominent Baha'i from UK, humanitarian involved in the "Children's Fund". Compiled "Paris Talks"
Ethel Rosenberg
Eminent UK Baha'i, member of first pilgrimage in 1901 and compiler of "Abdu'l-Baha in London"
Martha Root
Society and Religion editor for the Pittsburgh Post, learned about the Faith in 1908 from Roy Wilhelm. Appointed Hand of the Cause posthumously.
Edward Kinney
Prominent New York Baha'i, host of Abdu'l-Baha and named by him "Saffa" (serinity)
Howard Colby Ives
Pastor of the Brotherhood Unitarian Church in Jersey City
Khalil Gibran
Lebanese poet and painter, wrote book "Son of Man" while thinking of Abdu'l-Baha
Lua Getsinger (Moore)
Taught the Baha'i Faith by Phoebe Hearst, she met Abdu'l-Baha on the first Western pilgrimage in 1898. In 1913 she travelled to India at Abdu'l-Baha's request
Edward Getsinger
Taught the Faith by Kheiralla, he was on the first Western pilgrimage in 1898. He was responsible for arranging Abdu'l-Baha's travels while in America
Alí-Kulí Khán
One of the Master's secretaries in Akka, was the first to translate the Kitab-i-Iqan, Seven Valleys and the Glad Tidings into English. Served on the NSA of the US and often hosted Abdu'l-Baha at his home in Washington DC
Florence Breed
Married Ali-Kuli Khan and had three children: Marzieh, Rahim and Hamideh
Agnes Parsons
Wealthy Washington socialite, hosted Abdu'l-Baha in her home and was selected by him to organize a convention for the unity of the races
Joseph and Pauline Hannen
They were prime movers of racial integration in Washington despite the fact that she was at first afraid of blacks. He was a bearer of the first of the Tablets of the Divine Plan and named "Apostle of Abdu'l-Baha" by Shoghi Effendi.
Louisa Matthews
She was visiting Abdu'l-Baha in Egypt in 1911 and He asked her to travel with Him on the Cedric. She was in Europe and joined him in Naples for the remainder of the journey.
Louis Gregory
Black Washington lawyer who was taught the Faith by Joseph Hannen and then spent his live working for race amity. Served on the NSA of the US and was appointed Hand of the Cause posthumously after his passing in 1951.
Leroy Ioas
Secretary General of the International Baha'i Council, Hand of the Cause and passed away in 1965. He met Abdu'l-Baha when he was only 17 year old in Chicago
Corinne True
Outstanding early Baha'i woman who was given the daunting task of organizing for the construction of the Mashriqu'l-Adhkar. She was named a Hand of the Cause after her passing in 1952.
Grace Robarts
Early Baha'i woman who served the household of Abdu'l-Baha in America. She was described as having the "habit... of considering the welfare of everyone but herself;"
Harlan Ober
Taught by Lua in 1906, was on an early teaching trip to India at the behest of Abdu'l-Baha. in 1912 he was married in the presence of Abdu'l-Baha by Howard Colby Ives.
Dorothy Beecher Baker
A shy 14-year old girl who met Abdu'l-Baha and later wrote to him, became a great speaker, a member of the NSA of US and Cananda and, in 1951, a Hand of the Cause
Sarah Farmer
Founded a Baha'i retreat destined to be the location of the second American Mashriqu'l-Adhkar
Fred Mortensen
A reformed criminal who became a Baha'i through Robert Hall of Minneapolis