Hanover in York County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Mary Shaw Leader
Pioneer Newspaper Woman
— 1835-1913 —
Her first-hand report of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address bore witness to its greatness. In her account for the Hanover Spectator she garnered Lincoln’s words from his own lips. She helped the world to long remember. Her fellow townsmen pay this belated tribute to her courage, enterprise and foresight that we may never forget.
Erected by popular subscription and dedicated on November 16, 1941, under auspices of the Hanover Chamber of Commerce and Jennie Wade Auxiliary No. 12 of Paul E. Lau Commandery No. 66 Patriotic Order Sons of America.
Erected 1941 by Hanover Chamber of Commerce; and Patriotic Order Sons of America.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial Sites • Communications • Patriots & Patriotism • Women. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #16 Abraham Lincoln series list. A significant historical date for this entry is November 19, 1863.
Location. 39° 47.358′ N, 76° 58.4′ W. Marker is in Hanover, Pennsylvania, in York County. Marker can Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 725 Baltimore Street, Hanover PA 17331, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Hanover Civil War Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); In Search of Peace (approx. 0.2 miles away); Pleasant Hill Hotel Becomes Hospital (approx. 0.6 miles away); Battle of Hanover (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Warehime-Myers Mansion (approx. 0.6 miles away); Women Tending to Wounded (approx. 0.6 miles away); Profiles in Union Cavalry Courage (approx. 0.7 miles away); McAllister Tavern (approx. ¾ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hanover.
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1. Mary Shaw Leader: Female Civil War Newspaper Reporter.
Mary Shaw Leader was a 28-year-old female newspaper reporter whom, legend says, walked from Hanover to Gettysburg to record President Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address on November 19, 1863. In the November 27, 1863 edition of the Hanover Spectator, she called the address, “A remarkable speech.” The legend states that Mary Shaw Leader was one of the few reporters to write down (Submitted on May 9, 2022, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. Hanover Woman Covered the Gettysburg Address for her Mom’s Newspaper. Cannonball blog entry:
Crowds begin to gather along the Baltimore Pike just south of Gettysburg, Pa., on November 19, 1863, in anticipation of dedication ceremonies for the new National Cemetery. Among the crowd is Mary Shaw Leader, a newspaper correspondent for the pro-Republican Hanover Spectator. Mary was among the minority being a female reporter covering the lengthy proceedings. The President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln, arose to give a few brief remarks. The rest is history.(Submitted on May 9, 2022, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
3. Mary Shaw Leader. Find A Grave entry (Submitted on May 9, 2022, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 25, 2022. It was originally submitted on May 9, 2022, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 200 times since then and 71 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on May 9, 2022, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.