Ohio History Journal

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In Winter We Flourish. By Anna Shannon McAllister. (New

York, Longmans, Green and Co., 1939. 398p. $3.50.)

Outstanding in the civic and charitable enterprises of early

Cincinnati was Sarah Worthington King Peter, of whom Anna

Shannon McAllister has written in her new book, In Winter We

Flourish. Daughter of Thomas and Eleanor Swearingen Worth-

ington, the former at one time governor of Ohio, Sarah was from

childhood accustomed to the assumption of leadership.

Following what was for that time (the early nineteenth cen-

tury) a very thorough education for a woman, she married at

an early age the son of Senator Rufus King of New York,

Edward King, with whom she made her home in Cincinnati for

twenty years. Following her husband's death in 1836 she moved

east to attend to the details of their children's schooling. In 1844

she married William Peter, British consul at Philadelphia, and

in that city continued philanthropic work of the kind she had

been associated with in Cincinnati. She founded the Philadelphia

School of Design, the first educational institution for teaching

industrial art in the United States. After William Peter's death

she returned to Cincinnati where, following her conversion to

Roman Catholicism, she was responsible for bringing to that city

many religious orders devoted to charitable purposes. During

the Civil War she was active in hospital work, giving generously

of her time and money. She died in Europe in 1877.

Sarah Peter was an exceptional individual--in the attributes

of her personality and in the episodes of her life, and Mrs. Mc-

Allister has dealt fully with her many faceted character and exist-

ence. While a little less adulation for her subject might have

resulted in a more definitive portrait, it is difficult to quarrel with

the author's enthusiasm for the gifted, energetic, social-minded

woman of whom she wrote.

L. R. H.