About Arria Sargent Huntington
Arria Sargent Huntington (1848-1921)
Arria was born in Roxbury, Massachusetts, January 22, 1848. She was the eldest daughter of Frederic Dan and Hannah Huntington. Arria grew up in the Boston area where she was educated in private schools. In 1869, she moved to Syracuse, New York with her parents. She continued to live there throughout her life, never marrying although she had many suitors.
Arria devoted her life to work for social reforms. Her main concern was for the "fallen woman" and she worked building a shelter for homeless women and passing legislation to assist them. Arria also worked with the prison system of New York to provide separate quarters for women. She was a member of the board of trustees of the Women's Reformatory.
Arria Huntington was also active in child welfare work and was largely responsible for the passage of the first child labor laws in New York state. She served on the board of trustees of the Shelter for Unprotected Girls and also worked with the YWCA and the Girl's Patriotic League, during World War I. In addition, Miss Huntington started the Visiting Nurses Association and was a founder of Syracuse Memorial Hospital.
Arria was also know as a writer of books and plays. Her most important works were The Memoirs and Letters of Frederic Dan Huntington and Under a Colonial Rooftree about life on the family farm at "Forty Acres" in Hadley. Arria's plays included "A Harvest Night's Dream", "A Homespun Herione", "Sharps and Flats", and "Wheel or Woe".
Arria Huntington died March 24, 1921. She was a very successful woman and is well remembered for her contributions to the city of Syracuse.