Maud Ballington Booth
Leader of the Volunteers of America
1865 – 1948 A.D.
Maud Ballington Booth, a leader of the Volunteers of America. She was born near London, early became interested in the work of the Salvation Army, and at the age of seventeen left home and became a companion of Miss Catherine Booth in organizing a branch of the Army in Paris. There she remained for two years, then went with a party of Salvationists to Switzerland, where, after suffering imprisonment, she finally succeeded in establishing a Salvation Army Corps.
In 1886 she married Ballington Booth, and ten years later withdrew with her husband from the Salvation Army and founded the Volunteers of America. Of late she has turned her attention to prison work particularly.
Her publications include: Branded (1887), After Prison – What? (1903) and Twilight Fairy Tales (1906). In January, 1923, in recognition of her work among those who have served terms in prison, she was awarded a medal with the inscription, “To Maud Ballington Booth, the little mother to men who have erred.”
Reference: Famous Women; An Outline of Feminine Achievement Through the Ages With Life Stories of Five Hundred Noted Women By Joseph Adelman. Copyright, 1926 by Ellis M. Lonow Company.