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Mary P. FollettCreating Democracy, Transforming Management$
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Joan C. Tonn

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780300096217

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300096217.001.0001

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A Childhood That Was Rarely Happy

A Childhood That Was Rarely Happy

(p.7) 2 A Childhood That Was Rarely Happy
Mary P. Follett

Joan C. Tonn

Yale University Press

Mary P. Follett did not always have a happy childhood. Her mother, Elizabeth Curtis Baxter, belonged to the seventh generation of Baxters born in America. After fleeing religious persecution in England in 1630, Gregory Baxter helped found Boston. In 1639 he settled his family near a coastal inlet on Quincy Point in Massachusetts. Charles Allen Follett, Mary's father, was born in 1841. His life would be irrevocably changed by the onset of the Civil War. When he lost his job as a clerk at Farrar, Follett and Company, Charles left his wife and three-year-old Mary, moving alone into Boston. After almost a year, he rejoined his wife and daughter and soon thereafter, the Follett's second daughter, Annie Wood, was born. However, Annie lived only four months, dying abruptly of cholera. Charles abandoned Mary and her mother once again. All this time he had been struggling with alcoholism.

Keywords:   alcoholism, Mary P. Follett, Elizabeth Curtis Baxter, America, Gregory Baxter, Quincy Point, Charles Allen Follett, Civil War, Massachusetts, Annie Wood

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