Lillian M. N. (Ames) Stevens (1844-1914) was a prominent activist in temperance. She helped form the Maine Women’s Christian Temperance Union (WCTU) and served as its first president from 1878 until her death. Her persistence in drumming up support for the cause caught the attention of National president, Frances Willard. Lillian became secretary of the National WCTU and ascended to the presidency following Willard’s death in 1898. She was also vice president in the World WCTU. During her leadership, alcoholic beverages were banned from military bases, and six states passed prohibition laws. Lillian advocated for penal reform for women, women’s suffrage, temperance, delinquent and neglected children and served as treasurer of the National Council of Women from 1891-1895. She was a graduate of Foxcroft Academy and Westbrook College (site SA02) and was a teacher at the Spruce Street and Stroudwater Village schools. Married to Michael Stevens, who supported her activism, she had one daughter, Gertrude. Lillian was cremated following her death, and her ashes are buried in the Stroudwater Burying Ground near her home. See also site C12 and site W04. Historic photo shows Lillian Stevens (left) and Anna Gordon (right).
Historic photos courtesey of Library of Congress , LC-DIG-hec-00578, and LC-DIG-det-4a19622.